Roseanne Barr Pushes Claim Blaming Michelle Obama for Show Cancellation

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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the 2018 United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles on May 5.

Beleaguered actress Roseanne Barr is furthering a theory that former first lady Michelle Obama is behind the abrupt cancellation this week of her “Roseanne” TV sitcom.

After Barr, 65, apologized and swore off her Twitter account in light of a derogatory tweet she made this week about former Obama administration senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, she took to the account again Wednesday, hinting at retaliation for her firing and retweeting a Twitter user’s claim that Obama pressured ABC President Channing Dungey to cancel her show:

“BREAKING: According to sources ABC President Channing Dungey had a long conversation via phone with former First Lady Michelle Obama before deciding to cancel the Roseanne show. Michelle Obama was reportedly enraged and insisted an apology was inadequate.”

The former first lady has yet to respond to the tweet, which is unverified and seemingly the sole source of the subsequent stories repeating the claim.

Barr set off the firestorm during a string of tweets over the Memorial Day weekend in which she replied to a user comment about Jarrett, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

ABC announced Tuesday it was canceling the wildly successful reboot of the ’90s sitcom after just one season, blasting Barr’s comment as “abhorrent” and “repugnant.”

After intense backlash, Barr apologized Tuesday for the since-deleted tweet, claiming she was influenced by an Ambien pill she had taken and that it was “a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values.”

Jarrett, a Black woman born to American parents in Iran but is not Muslim, called the incident “a teaching moment.”

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