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"What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency", the company said in a statement.

As for Barr's comments, she was sacked from her hit ABC series Roseanne today after tweeting an anti-Semitic conspiracy and saying, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj" - which a refernce to the former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is a person of color.

After claiming she was going to leave Twitter Tuesday morning, Barr's very outspoken return later in the evening began with tweets apologizing to the show's "all liberal" writers and cast, and then two direct apologies tweeted at Jarrett.

Barr added that she will address the controversy Friday on Joe Rogan's podcast.

She tweeted: 'I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans.

After the Roseanne reboot was cancelled by ABC, Roseanne Barr took to Twitter overnight to apologize again and say that she sent out her racist tweet after taking a sedative. ABC executives even said the show was a direct result of President Trump's victory in the 2016 election, and part of the network's strategy in attracting Trump supporters.

In another tweet: "I apologize. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste", she said. But it was still the most popular scripted show of the year so far, and for ABC to cancel it so abruptly meant Barr's comments finally crossed a line.

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Barr no doubt feels sick for herself, her co-stars, her crew and everyone associated with her show. "I'm just not married to one", she wrote. "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweetin".

But Barr gave her employer, ABC President Channing Dungey, the first African-American woman to head a major commercial network, no choice.

"I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed". Today my words caused hundreds of people to lose their jobs.

What did her bosses and colleagues say?

The fallout from Roseanne Barr's tweet comparing former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, a black woman, to an ape has been swift and decisive. "I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence".

Several minutes prior to the post, she shared a similar sentiment regarding her desire for fans not to stick up for her, despite the fact that she appreciates their efforts.

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