Roseanne Barr Begged For Her Show Not To Be Cancelled

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Roseanne Barr said she would be taking a break from Twitter following her remarks that led to Roseanne's cancellation, but that hasn't seemed to stick. The comedian has been on social media quite frequently in the time following, and recently shared a bit more of the story behind what was happening behind the scenes between her and ABC. Barr alleged that she begged Disney-ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood not to cancel the revival sitcom, and even offered to make amends in whatever way the company saw fit. As she tweeted,

I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs. He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: 'what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.' I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg.

Roseanne Barr didn't offer a timeline for when this conversation occurred, so it's unclear if this happened prior to or following ABC's cancellation of Roseanne. Barr's latest statement about her controversial Tweet alleges that she did not know former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is an African American, which would give the implication that Barr's remarks made against her were not intentionally racist. Barr has since deleted the tweets explaining the situation, but kept up her closing tweet that said she offered one more apology to those involved, as well as prayers for a divided nation.

Roseanne Barr's recounting of the conversation was not confirmed by Ben Sherwood, who Deadline reported did not immediately respond for comment. The news comes not long after reports have surfaced that ABC is meeting with executive producers Sara Gilbert (Darlene) and Tom Werner to see if the Roseanne revival can continue on without Barr. Given Barr's statements made on Twitter about the regret she feels over losing so many people's jobs, that might be something she's ok with. That said, whatever talks that might be happening may not be that serious, as John Goodman stated he knew absolutely nothing about it in a recent interview. Goodman also stated that he hadn't been following Barr's situation, and refrained from commenting on the issue stating he didn't wish to stir up any more trouble.

ABC has canceled the previously renewed Roseanne, and it doesn't look like the revival series will be making a return with Barr in tow anytime soon, if at all. Those looking for a new show to watch over the next couple of months should visit our summer premiere guide for a list of upcoming shows that may be worth checking out. For more on the Roseanne controversy, check out how other members of the show's cast reacted to the revival's cancellation here.

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