Roseanne Barr claims ABC fired her from spin-off show because she is Jewish and supports Israel 

Roseanne Barr has claimed she was fired by ABC from the reboot of her hit sitcom because of antisemitism.

The 66-year-old comedian was fired by ABC in May just a day after she posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser in the Obama administration.

In an interview this week, Barr said the executives at ABC treated her unfairly because she is Jewish and supports Israel. 

Rosanne Barr (pictured) claimed she was fired by ABC from the reboot of her hit sitcom because of antisemitism

Rosanne Barr (pictured) claimed she was fired by ABC from the reboot of her hit sitcom because of antisemitism

Rosanne Barr (pictured) claimed she was fired by ABC from the reboot of her hit sitcom because of antisemitism

The reboot of the popular 90s sitcom 'Roseanne' was axed in May after Barr, 65, made a racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

The reboot of the popular 90s sitcom 'Roseanne' was axed in May after Barr, 65, made a racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

The reboot of the popular 90s sitcom ‘Roseanne’ was axed in May after Barr, 65, made a racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

‘I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is antisemitism’, the Jewish actress told The Jerusalem Post in a phone interview from her home in Hawaii. 

She added: ‘I think it played a part – the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant – and what I meant was a commentary on Iran – so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain. 

‘And in haste they did something unprecedented that they’ve never done to any other artist. 

‘And at the base of that I think it’s because I am the most vocal person about Israel and BDS’. 

The BDS campaign promotes boycotting Israel and its products until the Jewish state removes settlements from the West Bank.

In the tweet about Jarrett, who was born in Iran to American parents and lived in Shiraz, Barr claimed: ‘Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj’. 

Within hours ABC announced it was canceling Roseanne, which was rebooted earlier that year to massive ratings. 

At the time, the network said Barr’s tweet was ‘abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show’.

The following month the network decided to bring back the show without Barr, giving it the title ‘The Conners’. 

 The show's cancellation also caused conflict among the original cast members (pictured) who were forced to publicly condemn their co-star's actions

 The show's cancellation also caused conflict among the original cast members (pictured) who were forced to publicly condemn their co-star's actions

 The show’s cancellation also caused conflict among the original cast members (pictured) who were forced to publicly condemn their co-star’s actions

Roseanne (left), seen in a still with Laurie Metcalf (right) who plays her sister Jackie, premiered in 1998 and was watched by a peak audience of 21.4 million households that season 

Roseanne (left), seen in a still with Laurie Metcalf (right) who plays her sister Jackie, premiered in 1998 and was watched by a peak audience of 21.4 million households that season 

Roseanne (left), seen in a still with Laurie Metcalf (right) who plays her sister Jackie, premiered in 1998 and was watched by a peak audience of 21.4 million households that season 

The following month the network decided to bring back the show without Barr, giving it the title ‘The Conners’.

Barr will travel to Israel in two weeks for an event and will discuss her experiences with antisemitism and her opposition to BDS.

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She added: ‘I want Israelis to know what it’s like to be an American Jew, so I’ll be speaking about that.

‘You guys don’t go through the antisemitism that we go through in America’. 

Barr also told Jerusalem Post that she has turned more to Judaism in particular over the past year.  

‘It is something that I always turn to, and it strengthened my resolve to become more public about it.

‘I decided that this was the time to stand up to be counted.’

Barr, 65, was fired from the show on May 29, after making what was perceived to be a racist remark

Barr, 65, was fired from the show on May 29, after making what was perceived to be a racist remark

The racist remark on Twitter was directed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

The racist remark on Twitter was directed at former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

Barr, 65, was fired from the show on May 29, after making what was perceived to be a racist remark on Twitter about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett (right). She later apologized for the tweet

Barr quickly apologized for the tweet which caused furore and led ABC to cancel the show 

Barr quickly apologized for the tweet which caused furore and led ABC to cancel the show 

Barr quickly apologized for the tweet which caused furore and led ABC to cancel the show 

Barr also claimed she still thinks about running for President after campaigning unsuccessfully for the Green Party nomination in 2012.

‘The reason I would run is I have very common-sense solutions to problems,’ she said.

‘And I’m more interested in people hearing my solutions to things than running for anything. And they’re all Torah-based solutions.’

In October, Barr gave a pointed response to being killed off in the premiere of the reboot to her once eponymous show The Conners.

Barr tweeted ‘I AIN’T DEAD B*****S,’ shortly after the episode aired in which it was revealed that the Roseanne character had died from an opioid overdose. 

In the first portion of the show, the family is sitting around lamenting how much they miss her, and at first it appeared she had died of a heart attack about three weeks prior. 

Barr said the executives at ABC treated her unfairly because she is Jewish and supports Israel

Barr said the executives at ABC treated her unfairly because she is Jewish and supports Israel

Barr said the executives at ABC treated her unfairly because she is Jewish and supports Israel

However, before the first commercial break, it is revealed Roseanne had a drug problem and she overdosed.

Prior to Barr’s tweet the show had already received criticism for Roseanne’s portrayal of a Trump supporter and its attempts to confront social issues involving race and politics. 

The show’s cancellation also caused conflict among cast members who were forced to publicly condemn their co-star’s actions.

John Goodman admitted on Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday that Barr is ‘definitely’ missed on set because the cast ‘is like family.’ 

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