ABC has said “enough is enough” following a series of racist tweets by Roseanne Barr this morning: Instead of moving forward with an 11th season of her highly-rated sitcom as originally planned, they have pulled the plug.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey announced in a statement today.
Even before the cancellation, Consulting Producer Wanda Sykes announced she was leaving the series this morning. Several cast members including Sara Gilbert have already tried to distance themselves from the words and rhetoric of Barr.
This is a bold move from the network which has been searching for new hits. The show has already been scrubbed by ABC’s press site and Hulu, and some outlets that were showing classic Roseanne in syndication have pulled it from their lineup.
Us? We’d watch a Roseanne-free Darlene show if there were to be such a thing, though Middle America might not be as down for it as we might be.