Hulu, networks pull ‘Roseanne’ reruns

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Streaming service Hulu announced on Tuesday it would no longer air episodes of “Roseanne” after ABC canceled the show following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

“We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu,” the service’s spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Several networks, including Viacom’s CMT, TV Land and the Paramount Network, also announced they would be pulling the show from their airwaves.

The Laff broadcast network also announced they would be pulling the show’s reruns, saying it was “disgusted” by Barr’s tweets.

“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,” the network said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Australia’s Network Ten also announced they would be pulling the show.

“Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms. Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement.

“Roseanne” was originally aired in the 1980s and 1990s, and was rebooted in 2018.

The reboot was ABC’s top-rated comedy, with its March premiere averaging 18.1 million viewers. The show was also the highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons.

However, the show was canceled on Tuesday after Barr referred to Jarrett as a child of the Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”

Barr later apologized for the tweet, saying it was a “bad joke” and saying that she would be leaving the social media platform.

Disney CEO Robert Iger defended the network’s decision to cancel the show on Tuesday, saying it was the only option.

“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” Iger said.

From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.

– Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018