Roseanne Barr announces she will film and post her own interview to explain ‘what happened and why’


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

(JTA) — A day after Roseanne Barr announced that she would be interviewed on television, she tweeted that she will film her own interview and post it on-line.

Barr’s tweet promised her 891,000 Twitter followers “the entire explanation of what happened and why.”

Her tweet said: After a lot of thought, I decided that I won’t be doing any TV interviews, too stressful & untrustworthy 4 me & my fans. I’m going to film it myself & post it on my youtube channel in the next week-the entire explanation of what happened & why! I love you all-sign up & get ready.”

Barr’s tweet was posted at 9:01 eastern time, as President Donald Trump announced his choice to replace Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

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On Sunday Barr had tweeted: “To my wonderful fans who I treasure and love-who have carried me these past weeks when I was 2 weak 2 carry myself: I will be doing a TV interview this week. I’ll tell u about it tomorrow!”

Barr’s show “Roseanne,” a remake of an iconic 1980s series about a working-class family, was cancelled by ABC in May after Barr, who is Jewish, drew wide criticism for a tweet in which she mocked Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, as the offspring of the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.” Jarrett is African-American.

The actress later deleted the tweet and issued an apology, saying she had made “a bad joke about her politics and her looks.”

Barr’s announcement also comes days before the scheduled announcement of the Emmy nominations for 2018. Barr’s name was submitted in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category, according to Deadline Hollywood.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Channing Dungey, ABC’s entertainment president, said in a statement in May.

Barr has said since the cancellation that she has received TV offers and there was one in particular she might accept, but offered no specifics.

Meanwhile, ABC rehired most of the cast of “Roseanne,” but not Barr, for a spinoff series that may be called “The Conners.”