Roseanne Barr Rides Emotional Roller Coaster as John Goodman & Tom Arnold Break Silence

Roseanne was canceled Tuesday by ABC after Roseanne Barr issued a bizarre and false string of tweets. In one particularly racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, she likened her to an ape. (Barr wrote if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”)

Although her show has been canceled, viewers can't look away as the star continues her tweetstorm. 

  • Since that game-changing tweet about Jarrett, Barr has wavered between apologizing and gearing up for a fight. She has also blamed Ambien for the tweet, a claim the drug-maker dismissed, tweeting that “racism was not a known side effect” of the medication. 
  • Most recently, she appears to be signaling to her 840K+ followers that she is gearing up for battle. 
  • Barr tweeted: "you guys make me feel like fighting back. I will examine all of my options carefully and get back to U."
  • She also encouraged them to help her gather more followers. Barr wrote: “Can you all help me get more followers here? The more I have the more my words will have weight. I am a fighter 4 FAiRNESS in all aspects of US life. I am tired of being smeared-over a stupid mistake erasing 30 yrs of activism.”
  • But then, Thursday afternoon, she seemed to change her tune again, telling followers: "please don't compare me2 other people who have said horrible things. I only care about apologizing 4 the hurt I have unwittingly & stupidly caused. I humbly confess contrition & remorse. I failed2 correctly express myself, & caused pain2 ppl."
  • And while she castigated several of her cast-mates for “throwing her under a bus,” she praised costars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, tweeting: “I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me-Laurie and John. I'm so sick over this-they will never have better character actors on their network.”


  • Goodman, who played husband and father Dan Conner on Roseanne, told Entertainment Tonight he would “rather say nothing than to cause more trouble” regarding the matter.
  • “I wasn’t gonna get an Emmy anyway,” he added.


  • In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Barr’s ex Tom Arnold weighed in. 
  • "She's having mental health issues right now. I'm sure that's part of this," Arnold, who also wrote for the original sitcom, told Cooper. "It doesn't make it OK. They had to cancel the show." 
  • In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he also implied that she wanted out.
  • He said: "It had to happen. And I am going to tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen, if you saw how her tweets escalated this weekend. If it hadn't happened yesterday, this season would have been so awful for everyone every day because she would have felt like she was [being] taken advantage [of], just like when I left the show."