AceShowbiz - Jerry Seinfeld gave his opinion about Roseanne Barr's sitcom cancellation on ABC. Seinfeld didn't think it was necessary for the TV network to fire his fellow comedian from "Roseanne" for her racist tweet.
"I didn't see why it was necessary to fire her," the 64-year-old comedian defended the TV personality in an interview with Entertaiment Tonight on Monday, June 25. "Why would you murder someone who's committing suicide?" he said.
The "Seinfeld" alum also implied that Barr should have been given another chance. "But I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push, that was fresh," he said. However, in Seinfeld's opinion, ABC should find someone like Barr to replace her on the sitcom as a possible solution.
"I think they should get another Roseanne," he suggested. "They brought Dan Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can't we get another Roseanne?" Seinfeld added, referring to John Goodman's character on the self-titled sitcom who died of a heart attack in season 9 finale. Dan Conner was then brought back to the season 10 of the show.
"There's other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job," Seinfeld gave his advice.
ABC network executives decided to pull the plug on "Roseanne" after Barr posted an offensive tweet on May 29 about Valerie Jarreett. Jarrett is an African-American former adviser to former U.S. president Barack Obama and was born in Iran. Barr stated in her deleted-tweet that Jarrett looked like the offspring of "Muslim brotherhood" and "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. The statement gained supports from Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing," he wrote on his Twitter account.
Barr then apologized for her tweet and claimed that it was actually about anti-Semitism. "Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-Semitism. That is what my tweet referred to-the anti Semitism of the Iran deal," she wrote.