Trump Sounds Off on ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation

UPDATED: WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump responded to ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne” by noting that Disney CEO Bob Iger called former Barack Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett but did not contact him when ABC aired controversial statements about his presidency.

Trump tweeted, “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”

In the White House daily press briefing, Sanders said that Trump was addressing what he saw as a “double standard,” and cited comments made by Jemele Hill of ESPN, Joy Behar of “The View” and Kathy Griffin when she was a guest on “The View.” “No one is defending [Roseanne’s] comments,” Sanders said.

ABC abruptly canceled the show just hours after star Roseanne Barr tweeted that Jarrett was the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” Iger tweeted out his support of the network’s decision, even though it was dropping a breakout hit of the most recent season.

On Tuesday, Sanders declined to address the show’s cancellation and said that the president was focused on North Korea and other issues. Trump had called Barr to congratulate her after the show debuted in March to stellar ratings, and credited his following with boosting the series’ success.

Barr, who apologized and deleted the post, returned to Twitter later on Tuesday and explained that she was “Ambien tweeting.”

But the manufacturer of the drug, Sanofi, responded that “while all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

Iger has been a supporter of Democratic candidates, and recently hosted a fundraiser for vulnerable senators like Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). He was a member of a White House advisory business council early in Trump’s term, but resigned from the group after the president decided to pull out of the Paris climate accords.


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