The fallout from Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter comments continued Tuesday afternoon as several Viacom networks announced the removal of reruns from the original Roseanne series beginning tomorrow.
A Viacom spokesman confirmed that the Paramount Network, CMT and TV Land will discontinue its carriage of episodes from the 1990s Roseanne series beginning May 30.
The decision comes after the series’ star Roseanne Barr released a racist Twitter rant earlier in the day in which she likened former President Obama adviser Valarie Jarrett to an offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.”
Hours after the Tweet -- which Barr eventually removed and apologized for -- ABC cancelled its successful Roseanne reboot, which had already been renewed for a second season.
Comedy-themed broadcast diginet service Laff also announced that it will no longer carry Roseanne episodes. The network said in a statement: “While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Connor, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week. Therefore, we are removing the original Roseanne series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately.”
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