Roseanne Barr hits out at former co-star Sara Gilbert for ‘stabbing me in back’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

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The popular sitcom Roseanne was cancelled in May 2018 by ABC after Roseanne Barr, 70, posted a Twitter message, taken by many as being racist towards Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama.

The actress posted several racist conspiracy theories, referring to Jarrett as the offspring of Planet of the Apes.

Dozens of celebrities spoke out against Barr’s offensive comments at the time, including Sara Gilbert, who played Barr’s daughter in the original series and the 2018 reboot.

She wrote on Twitter at the time: “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.

“I am disappointed in her actions, to say the least.”

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In an interview on SiriuxXM’s The Megyn Kelly Show, Barr has spoken out about Gilbert’s response to the situation, blaming the actor, who also served as an executive producer on the revival, for the show’s sudden cancellation.

Gilbert later led Roseanne spinoff, The Conners, focusing on the titular family as a whole without Barr’s involvement.

Barr claimed: “It was her tweet that cancelled the show. And then she tweeted ‘It’s sad when one cast member,’ something about racist, blah, blah. And I was floored.

“I was just floored. And you know, but she ends up owning my work and Tom Werner becomes her partner in owning my work.

“[She] begged me to come back saying, ‘I’ve got your back. This time I won’t let anyone see you. I won’t let anyone hurt you. I’m gonna protect you. I know you have mental health problems, but I’m gonna be there. I’m gonna stand in the way.’”

Barr claimed that she called Gilbert at the time and told her to stop talking about the situation on The Talk.

She continued: “It wasn’t enough that she stabbed me in the back, and did what she did to me there, but then she would go on her talk show every day and talk about how shocked she was at my racism on top of it.

“I called her up and I said, ‘You better shut your blanking mouth about me. I’m telling you, you better shut your e****g mouth.’ (sic)

“And then she did, but, you know, my voice can be very scary.”

In the first episode of The Conners, it was explained Barr’s character, Roseanne, had died off-screen, something the actor took personally.

“They just tried to kill me, and I felt like they killed my character and my character,” she said.

“I thought they were sending a message over the airwaves because they knew I had mental health issues.

“I thought they wanted me to kill myself, and all my friends did too. They said they’re trying to push you to suicide.”

Barr hit out at the backlash at the time criticising Gilbert and her former co-star Michael Fisherman for throwing her “under the bus”.

She later tweeted that she forgave them, but a year later, Barr told the Washington Post that Gilbert “destroyed the show and my life with that tweet”.

As Barr made her comments, it was announced The Conners had been renewed for a sixth season.

Express.co.uk has contacted Sara Gilbert’s representatives and ABC for comment.

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