Two months ago ABC canceled its reboot of the nineties sitcom Roseanne, following a racist Twitter rant from the show's star, Roseanne Barr, that compared former Obama administration aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
Barr eventually apologized for her comments on the podcast Stand Up NY, but in a new video making its internet rounds, the comedian appears unhinged as she spews an expletive-heavy commentary on Jarrett yet again. The video surfaced late Thursday when Barr posted it to her YouTube account.
“I thought the bitch was white!," she screams, referencing her racist tweet about Jarrett. "Goddamnit! I thought the bitch was white! Fuck!”
In the video Barr is seen smoking a cigarette and appears agitated as someone off-camera tells her to imagine a presidential address after a sex scandal. It's unclear who shot the footage. But Barr isn't interested in the commentary, shouting into the camera about Jarrett and Iran.
"I'm trying to talk about Iran, I'm trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett wrote the Iran deal! That's what my tweet was about!”
The clip offers no other context, other than a caption that reads, "Roseanne, like always, cuts through the bullshit and gets the heart of the matter."
Barr has offered a series of baffling explanations to justify her jabs at Jarrett, which have ranged from claims that she was commenting on anti-Semitism to an assertion that she was "Ambien tweeting." However, the tweets weren't the first time her feed has been mired in controversy; she has a history of peddling conspiracy theories and racist ideas on Twitter.
Jarrett addressed Barr's comments publicly in May. “First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment,” Jarrett said. “I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense.”
When ABC first announcing it was firing Barr and killing the reboot, president Channing Dungey wrote in a statement, "Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Since then, ABC has ordered a spin-off of the reboot called The Conners, which would continue with 10 episodes starring Roseanne original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, and Michael Fishman. Barr will not be a part of the program.