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Roseanne Barr recently found her popular ABC reboot Roseanne taken off the air and her reputation in jeopardy when she wrote a controversial tweet. In the wake of the incident, ABC is going ahead with a Roseanne-less reboot of Roseanne titled The Conners, which will air later in the fall, and Roseanne Barr will not be involved with the show as it moves forward. Now, in an exclusive interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Roseanne Barr discussed the fallout of the infamous Twitter incident and the actress/ comedian got very emotional discussing the nature of the controversial situation. Here's what Roseanne said about the "painful" situation.
It's really hard to say this but, I didn't mean what they think I meant. And that's what's so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people even unwillingly there's no excuse. I don't want to run off and blather on with excuses. 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 own ignorance, and there's no excuse for that ignorance. But I didn't mean it the way they're saying I meant it. And that's really weird too because if I don't speak for myself, who will speak for me.
Throughout the confessional interview, which was transcripted on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's Facebook account, Roseanne Barr claims she reached out to God during the whole ordeal, and the comedian claims she regretted it even before she "lost everything" because of her actions. Ultimately, though, she is trying to speak forgiveness for the whole ordeal -- even to the point where she reached out to Valerie Jarrett, the African-American woman she wrote discriminatory remarks about -- and she is trying to seek redemption for her actions. Roseanne Barr, cried at several points during her interview, also making a point to mention the people of color in her family, before directly addressing the tweet. She said:
Of course, no I don't excuse it. I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything. And 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. 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 (crying).
Throughout the interview, Roseanne Barr also admits that when the reboot was in its early stages both ABC and Barr's children tried to get Roseanne off of social media, knowing that the actress has previously had a bad habit of taking to social media to express thoughts that have been unpopular. Barr didn't heed their advice, and that ultimately lead to her downfall in very swift fashion. She also begged ABC not to take the show off the air to no avail, as was also reported earlier this month. Looking back, Roseanne Barr expressed the pain she feels not only for what she did but for hurting people and disappointing fans in her actions through this tweet.
It may be too little, too late. We'll let you know if Roseanne Barr ever makes it back into the acting sphere. For now, the show that made her a household name will live on without her, and we'll let you know if any other news breaks related to the situation here at CinemaBlend.