Wanda Sykes, a producer of ABC’s “Roseanne” sitcom reboot, announced on Tuesday that she will not be returning to the show in the wake of star Roseanne Barr’s racist attack on former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett.
“I will not be returning to Roseanne,” Sykes wrote on Twitter.
Barr ignited a firestorm of controversy on Tuesday after she tweeted that Jarrett looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”
Sykes’s message came shortly after Barr apologized for insulting the Obama-era White House adviser.
In a since-deleted tweet, Barr said Jarrett was a cross between “Planet of the Apes” and the Muslim Brotherhood. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials. The message was in response to a tweet accusing Jarrett of helping to “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.
Barr subsequently issued a formal apology for the joke, which she admitted was in poor taste.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Barr’s apology was apparently not enough to satisfy Sykes, who served as a consulting producer for the first season of the “Roseanne” reboot.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
ABC still has not publicly commented on Barr’s racist joke, although CNN’s Brian Stelter reports that the network will not simply remain silent and wait for the controversy to blow over as it has in the past with Barr’s controversial behavior.