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Streaming service Hulu announced on Tuesday it would no longer air episodes of “Roseanne” after ABC canceled the show following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

“We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu,” the service’s spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.


Several networks, including Viacom’s CMT, TV Land and the Paramount Network, also announced they would be pulling the show from their airwaves.

The Laff broadcast network also announced they would be pulling the show’s reruns, saying it was “disgusted” by Barr’s tweets.

“While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Connor, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week. Therefore, we are removing the original ‘Roseanne’ series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Australia’s Network Ten also announced they would be pulling the show.

“Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms. Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement.

“Roseanne” was originally aired in the 1980s and 1990s, and was rebooted in 2018.

The reboot was ABC’s top-rated comedy, with its March premiere averaging 18.1 million viewers. The show was also the highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons.

However, the show was canceled on Tuesday after Barr referred to Jarrett as a child of the Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”

Barr later apologized for the tweet, saying it was a “bad joke” and saying that she would be leaving the social media platform.

Disney CEO Robert Iger defended the network’s decision to cancel the show on Tuesday, saying it was the only option.

“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” Iger said.

From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.

— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018

Hulu will no longer be making episodes of Roseanne available to watch (Picture: ABC)

Hulu will no longer be streaming episodes of Roseanne in the wake of star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet.

Hulu announced on Tuesday that they will be standing by ABC and won’t make episodes of the revamped sitcom available to watch.

A spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter: ‘We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu.’

Reruns of the show will also be cancelled on Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT.

The star has been condemned for sending a racist tweet about former President Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Barr tweeted the initials ‘vj’ and the words: ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby’.

She later posted a statement in apology on Twitter, calling it a ‘bad taste joke’.

Roseanne apologised for her tweet (Picture: Getty)

She tweeted: ‘I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.

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‘I apologise. I am now leaving Twitter.’

Roseanne has since been dropped by her agency.

Confirming the recently announced new season of the revived sitcom had been canned, ABC said in a strongly-worded statement.

They said: ‘Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show.’

Earlier on Tuesday, Roseanne producer and comedian Wanda Sykes announced she ‘would not be returning’ to the show.

I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.

— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018

Celebrities have been having their say on the situation, including Ricky Gervais, Shonda Rhimes and Zach Braff.

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In the wake of ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne following a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr, television networks and streaming services are rushing to drop classic reruns of the comedy from their lineups.

Viacom-owned TV Land, where Roseanne marathons were a weekend staple, Paramount Television and CMT, were joined by Hulu and digital giant Laff in pulling the shows from their catalogs. ABC parent company Disney owns a 30-percent stake in Hulu. Amazon, which holds the subscription VOD rights to the original nine seasons and the Season 10 revival, still offered Roseanne as of this morning.

RELATED: ABC Cancels Roseanne After Star’s Racist Tweet

It took just 12 hours between the time Barr posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama, and ABC announced the cancellation of the top-rated comedy. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said.

The beloved comedy returned to ABC in late March, nearly 21 years after its series finale, and was quickly renewed for an 11th season.

The backlash against Barr’s late-night comment was swift, with the comedian receiving so much condemnation on Twitter that she deleted her original tweet, apologized for “a bad joke,” and vowed to leave the social-media platform. By Tuesday morning, consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she wouldn’t return to the show for Season 11, while producer and co-star Sara Gilbert called Barr’s remarks “abhorrent.” Within minutes of Gilbert’s tweets, ABC announced its decision. Other stars of Roseanne have also condemned Barr’s comments.

In case you were wondering, Barr didn’t actually leave Twitter. She’s been busy retweeting comments in support of her, while writing, “hey guys, don’t defend me, it’s sweet of you 2 try, but…losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more.”

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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On Tuesday, ABC canceled Roseanne after Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist message about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama. And now, it looks like it’ll be extremely difficult to even find reruns of the old series on television.

The Wrap reports that reruns of Roseanne are being pulled from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT, and Laff. Hulu is also dropping episodes of the revival series from its streaming service.

“While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Conner, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week,” a Laff spokesperson said in a statement. “Therefore, we are removing the original Roseanne series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately.”

The decision is a massive one, because reruns of the old series have generated more than $1.2 billion in advertising revenue for channels that air them from 1995 to 2017. It’s not the only way Barr’s been financially hit by her comment; she has been dropped by her talent agency, ICM Partners, and ABC has suspended Roseanne’s Emmy campaigning.

Some fans cheered the decision to pull reruns, saying Barr should be fully punished for her racist remark.

I don’t care about Roseanne’s reboot show being canceled. What I DO care about is her reruns being canceled because her livelihood is in those residuals . Cancel it all. #RoseanneCanceled #RoseanneBarred

— Suge🥂Lite✨ 🇭🇹🇪🇷 (@Kamifaine) May 29, 2018

Roseanne reruns are pulled from Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT.
They are taking Roseanne’s syndication money, too. Nice.

— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) May 30, 2018

I’m glad they pulled your show, Roseanne. What incredibly un-American, disrespectful, demeaning, racist comments. All of the networks, Hulu and even international broadcasters are now pulling your old re-runs. This is really the end for you. Bye bye!

— Anne Landman (@AnneLandman) May 30, 2018

But other fans say the earlier seasons of Roseanne showed a different side of Barr, and are valuable pieces of television history that shouldn’t be taken off the air. Plus, pulling reruns cuts off a valuable source of income for the rest of the cast and crew that worked on the show.

I see zero reason to cancel re-runs of the ’89 “Roseanne.” Not only was THAT show great, but the actual original human person Roseanne Barr would think the current Roseanne was a nightmare. Where’s Quantum Leap when you need it.

— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) May 29, 2018

Roseanne reruns worldwide being cancelled. On one hand good….. but on the other hand, others who worked on the show are also being penalized. Many living on residuals. Those payments will soon end. Very sad to be caught up in Roseanne’s nasty racist behavior.

— mitch singer (@msingerx) May 30, 2018

Shame 2 hear what’s happening in 🇺🇸 with @RoseanneOnABC. Our 🇦🇺 TV networks have also cancelled both new @therealroseanne series & re-runs of old #Roseanne. I was really enjoying being reminiscent, I mean look how youthful @THEsaragilbert is. @EmmaRoseKenney @ABC #RosanneBarr

— Alan Ross (@alanross1984) May 30, 2018

No more royalties for Roseanne. It’s unfortunate her co-stars have to suffer the repercussions of her repulsive behavior. I’d be pissed. Not only have they lost their jobs from the show’s cancellation, they’re losing money from re-runs being taken off the air.

— April (@speakout_april) May 29, 2018

@therealroseanne to take away the re-runs that we all know & love is just ridiculous! LAFF & TV lands ratings will go way down now. Forever a Roseanne fan no matter what her opinions may be or her jokes we may not agree on everything but Roseanne is a huge part of my life. ❤

— Tiffany Harris (@shotguntiff) May 30, 2018

Fans who do want to check out old episodes of Roseanne can do so on Amazon, which owns the streaming rights for the original series, from seasons 1 through 9.

Back in its early days, TV Land focused on airing classic TV shows. Then, they started their own scripted comedies starring classic television stars. Now, they’ve started focusing on producing “edgier” comedies. Is this a good move? Which shows will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned to follow the ratings.

Scripted TV Land shows listed: The Exes, Happily Divorced, Hot in Cleveland, Impastor, Jennifer Falls, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Lopez, Nobodies, Retired at 35, The Soul Man, Teachers, and Younger.

Last updated: Most recent ratings added for Younger.

There’s a lot of data that TV Land execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are a major factor. Here’s an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.

Note: If you’re not seeing the updated chart, please try reloading the page or view it here and here.

A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released (usually a day or so after the broadcasts). The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.

The demo numbers, which are typically most important to the broadcast networks, aren’t quite as vital to cable channels because their audiences are usually much smaller. Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking.

How are your shows doing in the ratings? Check the current rankings:
A&E | ABC | AMC | Bravo | CBS | CMT | The CW | FOX | Freeform | FX | FXX
Hallmark | HBO | History | MTV | NBC | OWN | Showtime | Starz | Syfy | TBS

TNT | TV Land | USA Network | WGN America

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better? Which one do you think will be cancelled next?

Roseanne Barr ruthlessly tears into ABC in return to stand-up: ‘I ain’t dead’


Roseanne Barr returned to the stand-up comedy stage for the first time since the cancellation of her “Roseanne” reboot last May and slammed her former network.

Fellow comic Andrew Dice Clay, who performed shows at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas over the weekend, introduced Barr Saturday, “a close friend” he described as “controversial,” “outspoken” and “one of the biggest comedians ever.”

Barr’s NSFW remarks were shared online. She talked about the impact of her show’s cancellation.

“When you get fired you get real suicidal, but I’d never kill myself because that would make too many (expletive) people happy, and I’m not about making people happy,” she said.

She also skewered ABC, the network which hosted the series she co-created when it originally aired from 1988 until 1997, and the 2018 reboot, which was rebranded as “The Conners” after her firing.

“Dear ABC, when you asked me back to once again bail out your (expletive), (expletive), low-rated network, I did so with the same vigor I’ve always rocked,” Barr said, reading from a page, “and I delivered you the highest ratings that you’ve had in ten (expletive) years.”

The much-awaited Roseanne rebootdebuted in March 2018 to 18.2 million viewers in preliminary Nielsen ratings, making it the season’s top premiere. The return was large enough to prompt ABC to quickly order another season.

“At the first sign of controversy you killed me off with a drug overdose,” Barr added, “But you know what, I ain’t dead, (expletive)!”

After her set, the two comics hugged and then the two danced onstage.

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Prior to her appearance, Barr revealed in a YouTube video that she was “really scared” and “very nervous” about her return to stand-up comedy. She said she hadn’t been onstage since her “witch burning” and confirmed that she would talk about her show’s cancellation.

“I’m gonna talk about gettin’ fired. I’m sure a lot of people relate to that,” she said.

She also asked viewers for “prayers for me that I don’t flake out.”

Clay, who has his own controversial past, including a ban from MTV, reflected on Barr’s return in an Instagram post on Sunday.

“She Hadn’t Been On Stage Since She Got Fired From ABC , And last Night Made So Many People Laugh … And They Loved Her!” he captioned an image of the two in each other’s arms, smiling. “We are The Comedians Of This Crumbling World , But We are Human and Sometimes Screw Up , or Things Taken The Wrong way !!! Our Job Tho , is To Keep you Laughing Amongst The KAOS (sic) Of a World going Through Pain !!!

In an NSFW video Monday, Clay said he planned more shows with Barr.

“You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna go out and do shows with Roseanne because I back her up, and she’s one of the greatest comics ever, just ever,” he said in the clip shared to Instagram. “I think of Joan Rivers, I think all the way back Lucille Ball, and then I think Roseanne Barr, OK? So that’s what we’re gonna do. You don’t like it, (expletive) you.”

The original, now-deleted May 2018 tweet, which got Barr in hot water, was sent in response to a post that accused former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett of helping “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.

“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials. Jarrett is African American and worked for Obama from 2009 to 2017.

Barr apologized for the tweet, describing it as “a bad joke.”

In addition to being fired by ABC, she was dropped by her agency, ICM Partners. Viacom cable networks Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT said they would be pulling all “Roseanne” reruns from their schedules. Hulu also yanked episodes of the original series.

Barr’s onscreen family returned to TV last fall without her in the October debut of “The Conners.”

Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko

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