Comedian Roseanne Barr will do her first stand-up special in nearly 20 years as she returns to the stage via Fox Nation in her “Cancel This!” special debuting on Monday, February 13.
The show was teased during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.
The highly anticipated one-hour comedy special was announced last fall. It was filmed in front of a live studio audience in Houston, Texas at the Cullen Theatre. Barr returns to her signature raucous and bawdy humor taking on a variety of issues from growing up Jewish in Salt Lake City and then moving to Texas to raise her family.
Fox Nation will also release “Who is Roseanne Barr?” which is an in-depth look at the life and career of Roseanne Barr.
“Has anybody been fired recently?” Barr asks in the teaser before you hear her characteristic laugh take over during the 15-second ad.
A legend returns February 13th. | #Roseanne #CancelThis pic.twitter.com/4QvXWDN55i
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) January 29, 2023
The title of the special refers to Barr getting canceled in 2018 after she posted a tweet that quipped former President Barack Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” The joke was blasted by the left and she was basically exiled over it.
ABC canceled the “Roseanne” revival after the tweet went viral, eventually bringing the show back as “The Conners,” killing off Barr’s character. Although the show keeps getting renewed, you would be hard-pressed to find who is watching it exactly. Many contend it’s just not what it was without Barr.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey stated at the time.
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger also backed the decision to cancel Roseanne, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” he tweeted.
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
Executive producer Tom Werner, whose company Carsey-Werner produced the original Roseanne and its revival joined those calling for the cancellation of Barr, “I support ABC’s decision to cancel the show in the wake of Roseanne Barr’s most recent reprehensible tweets. Our goal was to promote constructive discussion about the issues that divide us. It represented the work of hundreds of talented people. I hope the good work done is not totally eclipsed by these abhorrent and offensive comments, and that Roseanne seeks the help she so clearly needs.”
Barr went so far as to apologize for the ill-considered tweet at the time, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
That was not enough for leftists and she was effectively canceled after the incident. Now, she’s back.
Let the whining begin! Roseanne Barr is back and is ready to take down the cancel culture mob!
Roseanne’s new comedy special titled #CancelThis airs Feb 13 on @foxnation pic.twitter.com/HuTRP8DFYh
— The Domestic Goddess (@FandomRoseanne) January 29, 2023
In the 1980s and 1990s, Barr was one of Hollywood’s most prolific stand-up comics and actors. She was massively popular. Her sitcom “Roseanne” ran for nine seasons in its initial run and was revived in 2018, becoming a breakout hit for ABC. She was an American comedic icon until she was banished for her tweets.
This is Barr’s first comedy special since “Blonde and Bitchin'” which aired on HBO in 2006.
Fox Nation has recently been featuring talent that provides a wide series of entertainment and not just politics. In addition to the Barr special, Fox Nation has aired a popular docuseries about Yellowstone National Park hosted by “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner. while “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer is hosting a series on historic battles.
Barr’s special is a major draw, however, and warranted the NFL promotional treatment.
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