Roseanne Barr is finding that the tweet that cost her career is not the only thing she may regret.
Friends told the actress her “fatal mistake” in the aftermath of her comment on a former adviser to President Barack Obama was “apologizing to the Left,” Barr told her friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach during an appearance on his podcast.
“That’s what everybody said,” the actress told Boteach, reflecting on the now-infamous tweet in which she remarked that former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett was the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet Of The Apes.”
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The actress agreed with Boteach that ABC firing her from the sitcom she created, and cancelling the highly successful reboot of “Roseanne,” was “astonishing,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
“That’s what everybody said. My friends called and said, ‘This is unprecedented, nothing like this has ever happened before.’ And I said, ‘Yeah I know, it’s never happened before,’” she said.
Barr went “over and beyond” in apologizing after the tweet, the rabbi noted.
“My friends told me in the beginning, they said, ‘Oh my God, you’ve made a fatal mistake, and it’s all over YouTube, a lot of people are saying it,’” Barr said. “They said, ‘You made a fatal mistake… apologizing to the Left.’ Once you apologize to them they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don’t exist. That’s how they do things. They don’t accept apologies.”
She added that she “should never have said I’m sorry,” as Boteach interjected.
“I’m saying in their world. In my world, I had to [apologize], because I was sorry, for crying out loud! I was sorry, jeez,” Barr exclaimed. “People were so angry, and I have to say a little bit ill-informed about me, that they would put me in the same box where they have people who call for the death of all Jews and want to enslave all black people. [The same box as] real racists that actually exist. They put me in a box with them. And how do they think that’s gonna affect me. They don’t think. They’re under mind control.”
After cancelling her namesake show, ABC has decided to launch a Barr-less spin-off named after the family, “The Connors.” And to put the past behind them, the network is reportedly going to have John Goodman and other “Roseanne” cast members reprising their roles, with Barr’s character of Roseanne Conner having died in the storyline.
‘It was a death to me. The death of a character I created,’ Barr said, telling Boteach that she will be as far away as she can get when “The Conners” premieres next month.
“I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that’s where I’m going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers. I have saved a few pennies and I’m so lucky I can go,” she said. “It’s my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”
The 65-year old comedian refused to condemn the updated show, citing her mental health.
“I’m not going to curse it or bless it. I’m staying neutral,” she said.
“That’s what I do. I’m staying neutral. I’m staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral,” she added. “That’s what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again. I’ve done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold.”