In Roseanne Barr’s first TV interview since her ABC sitcom was cancelled after a racist tweet, the comedian apologised for her “ill-worded” post and insisted she wasn’t racist.
During her hour-long interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday night, Barr lamented the damage done to her by her tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama. “It cost me everything,” Barr said. “I wish I worded it better.”
Hannity repeatedly urged Barr to apologise to Jarrett on air. The comedian eventually did, saying she was sorry for the poorly worded tweet. She said she would tell Jarrett: “I’m sorry that you feel harm and hurt, I never meant that. I never meant to hurt anybody.”
She repeated her assertion that she did not know Jarrett was black when she likened Jarrett to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and a Planet of the Apes actor.
Barr repeatedly said on Thursday her tweet was meant to address US-Middle Eastern policy and had no racial overtones. She said she was stunned by the negative reaction, which Hannity noted was nearly universal.
“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.”