Roseanne Barr’s controversial, poorly worded tweet about Valerie Jarrett is the gift that keeps on giving — at least for late-night comedians. After the “Roseanne” actress disparaged Jarrett, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, on social media, ABC took swift action. They canceled the recent revival of Roseanne’s eponymous sitcom. Her agency, ICM, dropped her as a client.
Barr tweeted an apology and also released a statement of apology to Jarrett and the cast and crew of her show.
After the first tweet, Jimmy Kimmel was quick to cut together a new version of “Roseanne” that instead centered around Dan Conner, played by John Goodman.
“The show must go on,” he stated while introducing his proposed version. He went on to joke that ABC — the network his late-night show is on — doesn’t have much else to offer people.
Comedians got even more material to work with when Roseanne blamed her ill-advised tweet on Ambien. Both “The Daily Show” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” responded with fake Ambien commercials that jokingly added a “sudden racism” warning to its list of side effects. A fake ad from “The Daily Show” quipped that combining Ambien and social media “may lead to sitcom loss.”
Even Ambien’s manufacturer, Sanofi U.S., released a statement, saying that “racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”