Wanda Sykes Quits ‘Roseanne’ After Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweets

Wanda Sykes and Roseanne Barr (Credit: Deposit Photos)

Updated on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. PT: ABC has canceled Roseanne after the show’s star made controversial comments on Twitter.

Previously:
Wanda Sykes says she won’t be returning to her job as a consulting producer on ABC’s Roseanne amid a controversy over comments made by the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, on Twitter.

“I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC,” Sykes tweeted Tuesday morning.

Her announcement came after Barr tweeted racially-charged comments about Valerie Jarrett, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama.

In a now deleted tweet, Barr said Jarrett was an offspring of Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes.

Jarrett was born in Iran and is African-American.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote using Jarrett’s initials as she responded to a tweet about the former White House aide.

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After some Twitter users said the tweet was racist, Barr replied, “Muslims r NOT a race.”

The outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump later apologized saying her comment about Jarrett was “a joke.”

First she tweeted: “I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.”

Minutes later she posted a longer apology.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” Barr tweeted. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”

But her mea culpa may not have been enough for Sykes, who worked on season 1 of the ABC reboot.

The show was renewed for a second season shortly after it premiered in March. But Sykes says she’s out, and won’t be returning for season 2.

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