Roseanne says 'anti-semitism' behind sacking

  • 13/01/2019

Months after being fired from the reboot of her '90s sitcom, Roseanne Barr has taken aim at the network executives who fired her.

Barr claims she was let go from the sitcom because she is Jewish and supports Israel.

"I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-semitism," Barr told the Jerusalem Post in a phone interview.

"I think it played a part - the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant,  and what I meant was a commentary on Iran, so they purposely mischaracterised what I said and wouldn't let me explain."

ABC cancelled the rebooted Roseanne after Barr tweeted that Obama aide Valerie Jarrett - an African-American woman - was the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. 

Her own co-stars called her out, including Sara Gilbert, who called Barr's racism "abhorrent".

"What I said was mischaracterised purposely and repeatedly, so they didn't even know what I meant, but they wanted to shape it and they did - they said it was something racial, when it was actually something political," she told the Post.

"And I have never in my life done anything racist, and I think my career proves that. And they did it so quickly – to fire and label and slander my name. I think it had a lot to do with identifying with Israel."

Barr defended her tweet, saying she thought Ms Jarrett was "white", claimed she was on sleeping pill Ambien when she sent it, then later said she was afraid to go outside because of "brown people".

Roseanne was later relaunched - again - this time as The Connors, without Barr.

Barr said she was going to move to Israel, but has so far remained on Hawaii.