Following a racist tweet by Roseanne Barr early Tuesday morning that caused the comedian's revived sitcom to be canceled by ABC, her agency, ICM, to drop her as a client and planned reruns pulled from Viacom networks, late night hosts also criticized Barr for her comments.
On Comedy Central's The Opposition, host Jordan Klepper said, “I knew the liberals wouldn’t let a Trump-positive show on the air. What changed, ABC? Because Roseanne has been writing racist tweets since forever.”
Klepper went on to say, "Roseanne was just doing what she promised to do: show us Trump’s America.”
Over on ABC, Roseanne's former home, Jimmy Kimmel joked about how the network's ratings would suffer as a result. He called the cancellation "a huge blow to business." "I mean, we don’t have much on this network. We’re hoping the NBA Finals goes 11 games this year. We’re still airing America’s Funniest Home Videos," Kimmel joked.
The host then showed off a series of clips from Roseanne without the titular lead, instead focusing on her husband, John Goodman's Dan.
The Daily Show's Trevor Noah pointed a finger at the U.S. president to explain Barr's tweet. "You know who I blame for this? Donald Trump. Because he makes all of his supporters think they're as impervious as he is," Noah said. "He's like Superman telling people to follow his lead. 'We can all stand in front of a speeding train!' Splat Splat splat splat. 'Wasn't so bad, was it?'"
Earlier Tuesday, Barr attacked Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, in a since-deleted tweet in which she said "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
ABC responded by canceling her massively successful revival and its Emmy "For Your Consideration" campaign, while talent agency ICM dropped Barr as a client and Viacom networks Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT canceled upcoming reruns of the revival series.
Jarrett herself weighed in on MSNBC's town hall Everyday Racism in America later Tuesday, saying she hoped that the tweet and ensuing outcry would be "a teaching moment."