ABC cancels Roseanne after Jarrett tweet

Joe Otterson
Roseanne Barr has apologised for a tweet about a former Obama aide and says she's "leaving" Twitter

ABC has pulled the plug on the revival of television sitcom Roseanne.

The move comes after series star Roseanne Barr made a comment on Twitter on Tuesday morning referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the "offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.".

"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 in a statement.

Barr deleted her tweet about Jarrett not long after posting it. She followed it up with an apology which read, "I apologise 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. I am now leaving Twitter."

The revival of the classic sitcom was set to air a 13-episode eleventh season this northern autumn.