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Roseanne Barr blames Ambien, lashes out at co-stars: ‘you throw me under the bus’

By: EMILY HALL, The Washington Post
May 30, 2018 Updated: May 30, 2018 at 7:42 am
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Roseanne Barr participates in the "Roseanne" panel during the Disney/ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. ABC canceled its hit reboot of "Roseanne" on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, following star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Roseanne Barr’s Twitter saga didn’t end with the cancellation of her show. Early Wednesday morning she was back at it, first blaming Ambien and defensively comparing ABC’s response to the racist and otherwise offensive tweetstorm to those of other celebrities who have made controversial comments.

But then she turned to a surprising target — her “Roseanne” team. She re-posted a tweet by Sarah Gilbert, the actress who played her daughter, Darlene, and served as executive producer of the show. Gilbert had called Barr’s initial comments “abhorrent,” saying they “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.”

“Wow! unreal,” Roseanne wrote in response. Later, she moderated her stance: “no, I understand her position and why she said what she said. i forgive her. It just shocked me a bit,” she wrote.

She also retweeted a long post by Michael Fishman, who played her son D.J. In his tweet, the actor bemoaned the impact of Barr’s words on the cast and crew and said the show’s storylines were often about inclusiveness. “i created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME,” Barr wrote. “You throw me under the bus. nice!”

And Barr pointed a finger at Wanda Sykes, the show’s consulting producer, for ultimately causing the show’s demise. Sykes had responded to Barr’s invective by announcing via Twitter that she wouldn’t return to the show. She wrote of Sykes, “her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show.”

Barr seemed to liken the reaction from her co-stars and those a supporter called “her underlings” to the way President Trump complains about members of his administration being “disloyal.” In response to tweets calling out Gilbert and Emma Kenney, who plays Barr’s granddaughter, Barr wrote, “i feel bad for -he goes thru this every single day.”

And she said she thinks the reason ABC pulled the plug was a threatened boycott by advertisers.

Barr had earlier apologized to members of the cast and crew, but the tweet was deleted. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” she wrote.

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