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Sara Gilbert Says She Stands Behind ABC’s Decision to Cancel ‘Roseanne’

Sara Gilbert Says She Stands Behind ABC’s Decision to Cancel ‘Roseanne’

Days after "Roseanne" star Sara Gilbert tweeted her disappointment in Roseanne Barr's racist comments, the actress spoke out about the controversy on Monday's episode of "The Talk" on Global.

"This has been a very hard week", Gilbert said.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show", Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement on May 29. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion. I am sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process.

It's basically the same thing as what fans had suggested after "Roseanne" was canceled, that the show should be revived and focused around Dan Conner or the Conner Family.

Gilbert, an executive producer on the rebooted series, says it's sad to see how the show ended.

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After the auto got off the field, [the driver] came to the gate and the older guy pushed the kids right out of the way. In a post on Facebook , Sanford Little League confirmed all players were safe and accounted for.

Gilbert's The Talk co-hosts, Sheryl Underwood and Julie Chen, praised her for taking a stance against racism, as did the audience, who broke out in applause. Some say that Roseanne was unfairly punished when other comedians often say inappropriate and even racist remarks.

ABC announced it was canceling "Roseanne" last week hours after the show's star, Roseanne Barr, compared former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

Gilbert reacted similarly to the tweet, tweeting out a statement of her own denouncing Roseanne Barr's comments. Roseane Barr ultimately apologized to Valerie Jarrett, ABC and the cast and crew of Roseanne for, "making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values". Barr then said she's leaving Twitter.

"I was like, 'You're my hero, will you play my mom?'" Shaw said of her brunch meeting with Barr, which happened in Los Angeles prior to filming the first season of "SMILF".


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