After facing significant backlash from the media and public for her racial comment, Roseanne Barr speaks out in a podcast interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
ABC axed “Roseanne” after her racial tweet about Obama’s former adviser, Valerie Jarrett. In her emotional interview, Barr says she “never would have wittingly called any black person … a monkey.”
The actress goes on to add that she’s willing to accept any consequences that come with her actions.
“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have,'” Barr said. “But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible,” she adds.
Before her interview, Barr had blamed the sleep drug Ambien for her tweet. The maker of the sleep drug released a statement stating, “while all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
Barr mentioned that people took her tweet in the wrong way stating that she “didn’t mean what they think I meant.”
Recognizing that her words were hurtful, Barr realizes that she has no excuses and apologizes for her actions.
“But I have to face that it hurts people. When you hurt people even unwillingly, there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses,” Barr said. “But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”
Despite Barr being let go from the show, it must go on. ABC announced that “Roseanne” will air this fall in a 10-episode Conner family sitcom without Barr.
Barr agreed to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.
The president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey said it was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values” regarding Barr’s tweet.
Barr states that she had lost everything and regretted her choice of words before she lost everything.
“I’ve lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything,” Barr said.