Roseanne Barr says her controversial tweet was a 'misunderstanding'

  • Roseanne Barr says her controversial tweet was a 'misunderstanding'

Roseanne Barr says her controversial tweet was a 'misunderstanding'

"I was so sad that people thought it was racist", Barr said, in her first televised interview since the "Rosanne" revival was shut down after ABC deemed the tweet "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values".

Roseanne Barr did not hold back during her first broadcast interview. "And that was what was in my head".

Throughout the wide-ranging interview, Barr repeatedly said that her tweet was misinterpreted.

"If she's watching, I'm so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist", Barr said. "It was political. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding that caused, my ill-worded tweet".

When given a number of opportunities to apologise directly to Ms Jarrett, Barr said: "I'm so sorry you thought I was racist, and that you thought my tweet was racist. I never meant that and I apologise for saying anything negative about an entire race of people". Barr said her godson's father called her after the tweet and said, "I love you no matter what you do". Rather than just stopping there and leaving the moment on a good note, she turned to Hannity and bizarrely remarked, "She's got to get a new haircut".

With her sacking by ABC, the network also scrapped Roseanne's sitcom, a re-boot of the series that originally ran for nearly a decade from 1988.

"It cost me everything", she said.

She said: "I'm not a racist and the people who voted for Trump, they're not racist either, and Trump isn't a racist, sorry".

Barr said she has struggled with mental health issues, adding she had multiple personalities that were integrated a dozen years ago through therapy.

Despite apologizing at times, Barr also said she felt the tweet was being mischaracterized and she indicated she felt like she had apologized enough for her actions. The comic also claimed a recent video she released on YouTube, saying of Jarrett, "I thought the b**** was white", was a joke.

"That is a political tweet", she explained. "I've apologized a lot".

"'I am a creative genius, and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way, and it's not a good feeling for a citizen, either", she said.

Watch the interview with Sean Hannity below. After bragging that the Roseanne reboot "kicked everybody's ass in the ratings" and that ABC "should be so lucky that they'll ever get anywhere near that", she also stated, "They can't take that away from me, no matter what's happened".