She’s already without a television show and an agent, and now it appears Roseanne Barr stands to lose millions of dollars.
Amid the fallout from Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, reruns of the show have been pulled from TV and streaming sites – costing her millions in royalties.
Following ABC’s cancellation of the show’s revival, Viacom’s cable networks announced they would be pulling all Roseanne reruns as of Wednesday.
That means Roseanne will go off the air on TV Land, CMT, and Paramount Networks, the latter of which began airing reruns of the sitcom just last month in response to the revival’s massive success.
Amid the fallout from Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, reruns of the show have been pulled from TV and streaming sites – costing her millions in royalties
As of Wednesday Hulu has completely yanked Roseanne from its streaming library (pictured)
Hulu has since followed suit, completely yanking the show from its streaming library. Episodes of the Roseanne revival were likewise pulled from ABC’s website.
Reruns will also no longer air on the cable network Laff, which said it was ‘disgusted’ by Barr’s recent comments.
‘While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Conner, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week,’ Laff said in a statement.
‘Therefore, we are removing the original Roseanne series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately.’
In addition to her salary for the revival, Barr was making millions from reruns of the syndicated classic (pictured). The show earned a deal of $1million per syndicated episode in 1993
Episodes and seasons of the sitcom are still available for purchase on Amazon Prime (pictured)
Barr tweeted news that her reruns were being pulled from the air, and also retweeted one fan who called the decision ‘pathetic’
Episodes and seasons of the sitcom remain available for purchase on Amazon Prime.
Barr tweeted news that her reruns were being pulled from the air, and also retweeted one fan who called the decision ‘pathetic’.
‘Smaller networks were running the rerun marathons and raking in $ because the revival was a number one hit on TV,’ the commenter wrote.
‘ABC pulls their money maker and they bail. Pathetic.’
Barr stands to lose at least $3million after she tweeted that Jarrett looked like the ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby’ on Tuesday.
ABC swiftly canceled the Roseanne revival just hours later and slammed the comedian’s comments as ‘abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values’.
Barr, who has an estimated net worth of $80million, reportedly received $250,000 per episode for nine episodes of the revival season and earned a total of $2.25m.
Before the controversy, ABC had ordered 13-episode second season for the show.
ABC swiftly canceled the Roseanne revival (pictured) just hours later and slammed the comedian’s comments as ‘abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values’
‘We have decided to cancel her show,’ Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, announced on Tuesday afternoon
Barr stands to lose at least $3million in salary from the revival alone following her tweets
Many on Twitter were appalled by Barr’s tweet, which said that Valerie Jarrett looked like the offspring of the ‘Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes’
Jarrett responded to Barr’s racist attack on Tuesday during a town hall on MSNBC (pictured), saying it should be turned into a ‘teaching moment’
Barr likely would have seen a raise in salary as the revival proved to be a massive hit, pulling in 25 million viewers when it premiered in April.
Ratings dropped steadily thereafter, with last week’s season finale garnering 10.33 million viewers, but the show remained one of the highest-rated on television.
In addition to her salary for the revival, Barr was making millions from reruns of the syndicated classic.
The show earned a deal of $1million per syndicated episode in 1993, according to Variety.
Despite apologizing for the tweet early on Tuesday, Barr later blamed the sleeping drug Ambien for her racist comments on Jarrett
Barr also said she thought former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was white when she penned the racist tweet that got her show pulled from television
Roseanne’s 220 episodes have been a fixture on cable channels for more than a decade, and Barr would have been earning a considerable amount in royalties as the show’s star, creator, and executive producer.
Barr was the second highest-paid woman in television in the late 1990s, second only to Oprah Winfrey.
In addition to making $21million for Roseanne’s final season in 1997, the comedian was also raking in money from royalties and her talk show – earning her a $41million total net worth, according to Town and Country.
Twenty years later and Barr, who was enjoying a resurgence in popularity just a month ago, is now in a very different situation.
Following her tweets and ABC’s cancellation, Barr has also been dropped from her talent agency ICM Partners.
‘We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,’ ICM said in an internal note to employees that was obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.
‘What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency.’
Barr also began to hit back at the responses that some of her Roseanne cast members made. She is pictured here responding to Sara Gilbert, who plays her daughter on the show
Barr also claimed that Michael Fishman, who played her son, had thrown her ‘under the bus’
‘Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.’
It appears the cancellation of the show will also affect the Roseanne cast’s Emmy prospects, as ABC revealed it is suspending the show’s FYC (For Your Consideration) campaign.
Jarrett has since responded to Barr’s racist attack, saying it should be turned into a ‘teaching moment’.
‘I’m fine,’ she said during a town hall appearance on MSNBC. ‘I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense.’
‘The person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation – the talk – as we call it.’
‘As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.’
Barr unleashed a fresh stream of Twitter abuse overnight on Tuesday, retweeing several deeply offensive posts just hours after her show was cancelled
One image Barr retweeted showed a doctored image of Whoopie Goldberg wearing a t-shirt that showed Donald Trump shooting himself in the head
While Barr apologized to Jarrett and claimed she would leave Twitter on Tuesday, she has since returned to defend herself and retweet a slew of conspiracy theories and doctored tweets and images.
Barr first blamed the sleeping drug Ambien for her racist comments on Jarrett, before later claiming she thought Obama’s former senior adviser was white.
‘I mistakenly thought she [Jarrett] was white’, Barr tweeted early Wednesday morning. ‘I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian’.
Jarrett was born in Iran to African-American parents. The family lived in Shiraz for six years because her father was part of a program that sent American physicians to help developing countries. He ran a children’s hospital.
Among hundreds of Barr’s retweets on Wednesday was an image of Jarrett’s face next to a character from Planet of the Apes, a fake tweet claiming Jarrett had said she wanted to make America more Islamic, and a doctored image of Whoopie Goldberg wearing a t-shirt of Donald Trump shooting himself in the head.
ROSEANNE: A HIT SHOW THAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL FROM THE GET GO
Much like its revival, Roseanne was an almost instant success when it premiered in 1988.
It quickly became the number one show in America and remained in the top four for six seasons on television.
It remained in the top 20 until its final season in 1997.
The show was hailed for following a blue-collar Midwestern American family, including a mother who also struggled in the workforce.
Much like its revival, Roseanne was an almost instant success when it premiered in 1988 and quickly became the umber one show on television
It also turned Barr, who previously performed stand-up comedy on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, into a household name.
The show ran for nine seasons, featuring numerous storylines that were rare for network sitcoms in the nineties.
The show tackled episodes that focused on taboo topics for the times like homophobia, abortion, teen pregnancy, masturbation, and domestic abuse.
Barr, who has a lesbian sister and a gay brother, also made sure to feature a number of LGBT characters on the show.
One episode of the show even featured Roseanne contemplating whether or not she should have an abortion, while others discussed previously taboo topics like masturbation.
The show ran for nine seasons, featuring numerous storylines that were rare for network sitcoms in the nineties – such as issues paying bills and homophobia
The show won both Barr and Laurie Metcalf, who played her sister, respective Emmy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
It also won the prestigious Peabody Award in 1992.
ABC announced in May 2017 that it planned to do a revival of the beloved series, which aired in March of the following year.
The news garnered controversy from the beginning when it was revealed Roseanne would return as a pro-Trump grandmother.
It also featured episodes that include her husband Dan, played by John Goodman, losing his job to an illegal immigrant and Roseanne’s fears after finding out her new next-door neighbors are Muslim.