In her first interview since being fired from her ABC television show, Roseanne Barr broke down in tears saying how she “regretted” all that happened.
“I lost everything and I regretted it before I lost everything,” Barr said in a podcast interview released Saturday.
The actress and comedian opened up about her May tweet about Valerie Jarrett in which she said the former Obama administration official was the offspring of the Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”
“It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant. And that’s what’s so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse,” Barr told her longtime friend, Rabbi Schmuley Boteach, who has known the actress for two decades and said he had “never seen a racist bone in her body or been exposed to a racist idea crossing her lips. Not even a hint of one.”
“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. But I didn’t mean it the way they’re saying I meant it,” Barr said.
“I have black children in my family. I can’t, I can’t let ‘em say these things about that, after thirty years of my putting my family and my health and my livelihood at risk to stand up for people,” Barr continued, sobbing through the interview.
“I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff. But I’m not stupid for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, [I would never had said] they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me,” she added through tears.
While the left continues to spew hatred and even personal attacks against President Trump and his family, there seem to be no consequences as severe as ABC’s pulling the plug on “Roseanne,” a ratings win for the network. Meanwhile, late night television hosts, mainstream media anchors and stars at Hollywood red-carpet events get away with vulgar and offensive attacks against the president and conservatives almost daily.
“I’ve made a huge error and I told ABC when they called me. They said, ‘What were you possibly thinking to say this egregious and unforgivable thing you said?'” Barr recalled, also apologizing for being “unclear” in her response to the backlash.
Barr deleted the offending tweet, offered Jarrett an apology on Twitter and blamed her regrettable comments on the sleeping pill Ambien.
“I don’t excuse it. I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything,” she told the rabbi. “And 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.”
“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,” she cried. “I caused pain for my family, I caused pain for my mother, I caused pain to the two hundred out-of-work actors that I loved. And the crew and writers.”
ABC announced last week that it was moving forward with a spinoff of “Roseanne” without the show’s namesake. Meanwhile, actor Peter Fonda has reaped no consequences from Sony Pictures for his vulgar attack on Trump’s young son, Barron, calling for the 12-year-old to be “ripped” from Melania’s arms and put in a cage “with pedophiles,” in tweets posted last week.
The 65-year-old actress repeated over and again that she did not want to make excuses for her “egregious” actions but offered sincere apologies to all who misunderstood her remarks and were offended, including Jarrett herself.
“Even though I didn’t have that in my head it came out that way. Sometimes you just say the wrong words and I should have known better. I shouldn’t have done it,” she said, admitting that ABC had asked her to get off Twitter when they hired her.
“And I told them, I promise I will get off Twitter,” Barr told Schmuley. “They said ‘cause you’ll shoot yourself in the foot if you’re on there.’”
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