Barr likened a former adviser to president Barack Obama to an ape, prompting US network ABC to cancel her recently-revived hit sitcom and her Hollywood talent agency to dump her as a client.
Ten quickly followed suit, pulling the show off the air in Australia, despite having four episodes from the new series left to screen.
“Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately,” a spokesperson said in a statement today.
"Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately."
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— Channel Ten (@channelten) May 29, 2018
Barr sparked a storm of controversy in the US overnight when she compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, to an ape.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote on Twitter.
Barr later deleted the tweet and apologised for “making a bad joke about her politics and her looks”.
“I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.”
But that didn’t stop broadcast giant ABC Entertainment from cancelling the show.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” president Channing Dungey said.
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
The “reboot” of Barr’s 1980s sitcom about a blue collar family, the Connors, returned to Australian screens in April, about a month after it hit screens in the US.
In America, Roseanne was one of the biggest ratings hits of the year and attracted an average audience of 18 million viewers.
Hey @ABC, Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape. There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show.
Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 29, 2018
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
While the new series wrapped up there last week, Ten had only aired the first five episodes in Australia and still had another four left to show.
The first episode that aired here on April 30 drew 463,000 viewers in metropolitan capital city areas, with subsequent episodes hovering around the 400,000 mark.
Last Sunday, OzTam said it had attracted 327,000 metro viewers.
Barr’s sitcom was a ratings hit when it originally screened between 1988 and 1997.
This time around, the three Connor children Becky, Darlene and DJ were all grown up and Roseanne was a supporter of US President Donald Trump.
US celebrities including Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene, joined in the condemnation directed towards Barr over her tweet about Ms Jarrett.
“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” Gilbert tweeted.
Barr’s talent agency ICM Partners said it would no longer represent the star.
“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” ICM said.
“What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her.”
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
. @THEsaragilbert is an incredibly loving, kind, smart, thoughtful, hardworking person with not one bigoted bone in her body. The fact that Roseanne’s reprehensible actions have blown back on the smart, hardworking cast and crew of the show is a real disappointment.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) May 29, 2018
Emma Kenney, who plays Gilbert’s on-screen daughter Harris, said soon after the ABC cancelled the show that she had been planning to leave the series because of Barr’s words.
“As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled,” Kenney wrote on Twitter. “Bullies do not win. Ever.”
I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
Emmy-winning comedian and Roseanne consulting producer Wanda Sykes was the first prominent figure associated with the show to cut ranks, saying on Twitter she was quitting, hours after Barr’s comments.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
Not my cup of tea, but Roseanne had a great thing going with her show.
All she had to do was not say something colossally stupid.
That was too tall an order.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) May 29, 2018
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
I just heard #rosanne is cancelled. My reaction— tears. I am so relieved and grateful. The hate that has been spewing from those in Trump’s orbit has really taken a toll on all of our souls and psyches. I didn’t believe it would happen. I had lost faith. Thank you @abc .
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 29, 2018
Ton of respect for Bob Iger. Tough decision with financial consequences for his company but right for America….umm..now don't bug Bob but maybe someone else find out if I'm still banned from all of @ABCNetwork for calling Roseanne Barr out first on her racist conspiracy tweets?
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) May 29, 2018
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