Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

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In this photo taken on March 23, 2018 (L-R) executive producer Whitney Cummings, actors Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Jayden Rey, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Sarah Chalke and Emma Kenney attend The Roseanne Series Premiere at the The Walt Disney Studios on in Burbank, California.

"While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication", tweeted the French pharmaceutical giant in an acerbic post that quickly went viral.

ABC made a decision to cancel "Rosanne" on Tuesday and then suspended its "For Your Consideration" Emmy campaign the following day.

Less than 24 hours after comedian Roseanne Barr's now-deleted racist tweet about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey canceled the successful show, Roseanne, calling the tweet "Abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values".

"Her tweets kept coming Wednesday morning, touching on everything from religion ("I'm a Jew making fun of Hitler, bigot", she defensively responded to a user who shared a photo of her from 2009, when she was slammed for posing as Adolf Hitler for a satirical magazine) to backing off on fully blaming the Ambien that she said she had taken".

Barr first blamed the medication on the tweet that caused a firestorm in a few tweets on Tuesday: "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. I tweeted a lot to watch out because I could see it coming".

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Barr has since blamed her behavior on the sleep aid Ambien.

Barr, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who has previously used Twitter to voice hard-right and conspiracy theorist views, has been dropped by her talent agency ICM amid a wave of public outrage over the tweet. And then some sarcasm (and a third-person reference): "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the terrible statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn't get the call?" In a response to a comment about Jarrett, Barr had said: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

"This is a person who, left to her own devices, is not totally in control", Harbert said. "I just knew that this would not end well". "As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day".

She apologized to those who had lost their jobs because of her action, including Goodman, but also condemned cast members who threw her under the bus, in her words.

And she said she thinks the reason ABC pulled the plug was a threatened boycott by advertisers.

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