Roseanne Barr in interview: ‘I made myself a hate magnet’

Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media presents: An evening with 'Roseanne' at The Paley Center for Media on March 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)

NEW YORK (AP) — In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.”

Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person . a monkey.”

Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.” She also lamented that some people don’t accept her explanation blaming the sleep drug Ambien for a tweet that likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person created by the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

“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,'” Barr said. “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.”

Barr said of her tweet that she “didn’t mean what they think I meant.”

“But I have to face that it hurt people,” Barr said. “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.”

ABC on Thursday announced it will this fall air a 10-episode Conner family sitcom without Barr in it. In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.

ABC swiftly axed “Roseanne” last month after Barr’s tweet. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said it was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

Though “Roseanne” prompted outrage for jokes about minority characters and an episode some called Islamophobic, it was watched by an enormous television audience. The first episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people.

“I’ve lost everything,” Barr said on the podcast. “And I regretted it before I lost everything.”

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4 comments

  • learnedmylesson25

    Yet,worse things are said about Trump,his wife,daughter,son and no one gets fired.The “Roseanne “show should have been aired–WITH Roseanne–and let the ratings decide if she stays on,Sponsors–who have a legal contract–should not be allowed to pressure a show off the air or be allowed to withdraw their sponsorship.Dems da breaks.You sign on with Roseanne,you stay on with Roseanne until your contract runs out.

  • GranmaTerri

    the sad thing is Roseanne, in today’s world, No one seems to understand that they are to Forgive people for their mistakes. They seem to think they are the Judge..which they are Not, God is.

  • Mac Woods

    Well Rosie, I do feel a little bit bad for you, but only a little. I still haven’t forgotten how you trashed our National Anthem in 1990; and basically got away with it. So, three decades deferred justice. I’ll take it.

    • C

      That makes two of us. I don’t think that any real American who saw that display could help but feel anger and lose any respect she may have had for her.