Just to be clear, we weren’t amused by Roseanne Barr’s tweet that described Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as the lovechild of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes — a tweet Barr later attributed to “Ambien tweeting,” which earned her a tweet from the maker of Ambien:
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
We were pretty shocked at how quickly pulled the plug on the money-printing “Roseanne” reboot, though. Sure, Samantha Bee can call Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” on TV for posting a picture of her holding her child and get a laugh or two, but the cancelation of “Roseanne” brought Debra Messing to tears of joy because somehow it was a repudiation of Donald Trump. TDS is serious business.
There was a lot of speculation that ABC would try to continue the show without Roseanne Barr, and star John Goodman seemed to confirm this weekend that, yes, they’re killing off Roseanne Connor and airing “The Connors” without her starting in October.
— Slate (@Slate) August 27, 2018
Goodman told the Sunday Times U.K. that the show must go on, but he defended Barr against charges of racism. “I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist,” he told the paper.
One interesting fact: Barr reportedly relinquished her rights to the characters (and the profits) so the show could continue. Regardless of how you feel about Barr, that’s a pretty classy move, considering how many people stood to lose their jobs over her tweet.
That escalated quickly
— G Musacchia (@gmMusicMama) August 27, 2018
The network should hold a contest: entries specify the most creative mechanism for her demise.
— GaryNova (@Gary_in_Nova) August 27, 2018
It is going to be weird kicking off what used to be a family sitcom with the mother’s death. Good luck.
Memory tells me they killed off Goodman’s character in 1999 or so as well. Maybe it’s just time for a new show?
— John Schena (@JohnSchena) August 27, 2018
…..that nobody will watch
— Lance Uppercut (@StanJansen8) August 27, 2018
Didn't like the show with Rosanne, she made the show though. Can't see this being successful.
— Roy Ballard (@Phinatic) August 27, 2018
Without her the show is a epic fail
— louis (@DICEY63) August 27, 2018
Speaking of classy, there are plenty of tweets that are anything but, but we’ll just offer one example just to show how bad TDS can get:
Maybe they could have her killed in a mass shooting at a Drumph rally?
— ProVaccine Extremist (@americanozmom) August 27, 2018
Watch Samantha Bee steal that gag on her show Wednesday.
Oh, LOOK: Another journalist using Roseanne's racism to bash 'the average Trump voter' https://t.co/C6dMbreyDh
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 30, 2018