Roseanne Barr Says ‘Apologizing to the Left’ May Have Been Her ‘Fatal Mistake’

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
September 3, 2018Entertainmentshare

Roseanne Barr spoke in a new interview about her “fatal mistake” in the series of events that led to her show being canceled by ABC was apologizing.

“That’s what everybody said,” Barr said in a talk with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on his podcast.

“They said, ‘You made a fatal mistake … apologizing to the Left.’ Once you apologize to them they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don’t exist. That’s how they do things. They don’t accept apologies.”

“I’m saying in their world. In my world, I had to [apologize], because I was sorry, for crying out loud! I was sorry, jeez,” she added.

What Happened

Barr had become a regular Twitter user as the reboot of her show “Roseanne” skyrocketed in ratings.

In late May, she posted a tweet comparing Valerie Jarett, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, to the “Planet of the Apes.”

Barr deleted the tweet and said she went too far while stating she had taken Ambien. She apologized to the public and asked Jarett for forgiveness.

Jarett, who is African-American, served as the senior adviser to the president of the United States under the Obama administration.

ABC executives decided to cancel “Roseanne,” despite the program’s immense popularity.

“Roseanne” finished as the No. 1 scripted series across networks, averaging a 5.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 19.3 million total viewers.

Barr Says People Were ‘Ill-Informed’

Barr said in the new podcast interview that many of the people who wanted her to apologize over a comment she made were “ill-informed about me.”

“(T)hey would put me in the same box where they have people who call for the death of all Jews and want to enslave all black people. [The same box as] real racists that actually exist,” she said, according to a partial transcription by Entertainment Weekly.

“They put me in a box with them. And how do they think that’s gonna affect me? They don’t think. They’re under mind control.”

Barr was defended by some of her costars from “Roseanne” after the cancellation of the program, including John Goodman, who plays her husband on the show.  “I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist,” he said.

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Roseanne Barr Visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York City on April 30, 2018. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)

Moving to Israel

Boteach said in a Twitter post that he appreciated Barr joining him. “My friend Roseanne Barr is in amazing form and a highly revelatory mood as she joins me to discuss the weekly Torah reading and the Promised Land. Ki Tavo. Listen to an incredible discussion and interview!!” he wrote.

Barr told the Rabbi in the podcast that she’s planning to move to Israel while the “Roseanne” spinoff “The Connors” airs in October.

“I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that’s where I’m going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers. I have saved a few pennies and I’m so lucky I can go,” she said.

“It’s my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”

“The Connors” includes many of the main stars from “Roseanne,” minus Roseanne herself.

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