Donald Trump Addresses Roseanne Controversy by Asking if Bob Iger Will Call Him
Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama adviser, revealed that the Disney chairman called her before it was announced that 'Roseanne' would be canceled after Barr tweeted a racist message about Jarrett early Tuesday.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday made the Roseanne Barr controversy about himself when he tweeted that ABC never apologized to him for any criticisms made about himself on the network.
“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?” the president tweeted.
Jarrett, a former Obama adviser, revealed that the Disney chairman called her before it was announced that Roseanne would be canceled after Barr tweeted a racist message about Jarrett early Tuesday.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders provided an extended version of Trump's remarks during her afternoon press briefing.
"The president's pointing out the hyprocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody adresses it," Sanders said. "Where was Bob Iger's apology to the White House staff for [ESPN personality] Jemele Hill calling the president, and anyone associated with him, a 'white supremacist?' To Christians around the world for [The View co-host] Joy Behar calling Christianity a 'mental illness?' Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the president on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump's decapitated head? And where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous explative-laced tweets attacking the president as a 'Nazi' and even expanding Olbermann's role after that attack against the president's family?"
Trump previously touted the enormous viewership of the re-booted Roseanne, saying the ABC sitcom represented his supporters.
Barr apologized for the tweet a few times, but also made it a point to re-tweet her supporters who said ABC should be boycotted and perhaps even a lawsuit should be brought forth.
Barr was also ridiculed for saying that she was on Ambien when she tweeted the racist message. The maker of Ambien, Sanofi, issued a statement on Wednesday morning saying racism was not a side effect of the sleep aid.
Barr's tweet (which attacked Jarrett, alleging connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and mentioning Planet of the Apes) set off a firestorm that resulted in ABC pulling the plug on Barr's extremely popular rebooted sitcom, Roseanne.
The star of the self-titled show was taken to task by celebrities and politicians who said there was no excuse for her blatant racism.
A number of the show’s cast released statements saying they were sorry the show was over, but that they were sickened by Barr’s comments and that she did not speak for anyone other than herself.