White House says Trump is not defending Roseanne Barr

White House says Trump is not defending Roseanne Barr

White House says Trump is not defending Roseanne Barr

Pulled off air over a racist tweet, United States sitcom star Roseanne Barr has blamed her outburst on a sleeping pill - prompting a swift retort Wednesday from pharma giant Sanofi which stated, deadpan, that its drugs do not cause racism.

She said on Tuesday that she was leaving Twitter, but she just can't seem to log off.

Jarrett revealed that Bob Iger, the head of ABC parent company Disney, telephoned her personally to tell her the network was cancelling the show.

She zig-zagged between apologizing for her remarks and retweeting memes that made her apology sound insincere. On the same night as her Jarrett tweet, she posted a false claim about Chelsea Clinton that Clinton refuted, and accused George Soros of being a Nazi.

Among her retweets: Photos of former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett side by side with an ape.

Meanwhile, Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, clapped back at Barr.

Jarrett has since stressed that Barr's remarks should be seen as "a teaching moment". "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting", she said in one, and added that she had "done weird stuff while on ambien-cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc -" in another.

She also said she had been on Ambien, a medication used to treat insomnia, at the time. Tweeted Trump: "Maybe I just didn't get the call". And then some sarcasm (and a third-person reference): "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the frightful statements made and said about me on ABC".

The actress did apologize via her Twitter account for the original tweet that set all of these events in motion yesterday and deleted the racist tweet.

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"I have only taken Ambien once ... but I don't remember one of the side-effects being racism", CNN's John Berman tweeted.

The White House says President Donald Trump isn't defending Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about a former Obama adviser. I will handle my sadness the way I want to. "I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME".

Some of her replies to fans clearly expressed how she feels. Barr was his headache then; he recalled having to go to her home where she was holed up with Tom Arnold for a few weeks and refusing to work in 1994, and coax her out. She also lashed out at co-stars Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert.

He went on to say that when he read Barr's social media and the "conspiracy stuff with Donald Trump", that she was "fargone". "I'm not a censor and they have the right to do what they wish". Even for her, that was low.

One message she re-tweeted on Wednesday falsely accused the Hungary-born Jewish billionaire of collaborating with the Nazis.

If he were in Dungey's position when the rebooted "Roseanne" was being considered - mindful that his job is to produce hits, or it won't be his job much longer - Harbert said he probably would have taken several meetings with Barr to figure out how she was doing.

- What will ABC schedule Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall in place of "Roseanne?".

- Will President Trump comment at all?

For now, it is not clear what the future of Roseanne is.

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