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Tim Allen Defends Roseanne: ‘Most Diverse and Tolerant Woman I’ve Ever Known’

“Last Man Standing” star, Tim Allen, addressed the controversy surrounding actress Roseanne Barr as well as ABC cancelling her show after a tweet that many called “racist.”

The two comedians, who have previously worked together, both caught headlines for expressing views that conflicted with Hollywood’s left-leaning tendencies.

During an Entertainment Weekly interview published on Thursday, Allen defended Barr and said her now-infamous tweet didn’t represent who he knew to be the true Roseanne.

“I go way back with Rosie and that’s not the Rosie I know,“ Allen said when asked about the tweet. ”She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I’ve ever known for a long time.”

He added that “Whatever got in her head isn’t the Roseanne I know.”

His comments came after Barr defended herself on Fox News’ Hannity, where she apologized again to Jarrett:

“I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought that my tweet was racist because it wasn’t. It was political,” she said.

She also claimed that her career demonstrated her opposition to racism.

“In the real world, actions matter more than words and my actions over thirty years as an artist and a comedian, I’ve always been against the abuse of power towards all marginalized groups,” she said:

Her fellow comedian, Mo’Nique, also defended Barr, suggesting that it was unfair to call her “racist”:

“We have all said and done things, baby, that we wish we could take back and swallow and say ‘oh,’ but when you are in the public eye, you can’t. And it’s out there. But to put the title of racist on her?”

Mo’Nique went on to share how Barr worked on her show, despite some allegations that considered the show to be “too black”:

“I can only share my experience with Roseanne. I remember when I had ‘The Mo’Nique Show,’ and there were big major black superstars talent that had white representatives. And they told their talent ‘that show is too black and we really don’t want you to go on there.’ But there was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me when people that looked like me didn’t. […] But that woman, when we called, it wasn’t a question. And she came and she sat on that sofa and they didn’t hear the conversation when the camera wasn’t rolling and that woman was giving me some beautiful words. She said, ‘Mo’Nique, I’m going to tell you right now, baby, they’re gonna consider you different. They’re gonna call you the b-word because you are a woman who won’t lay down and take their foolishness.’”

Allen, whose show ABC also cancelled, said that while he didn’t think the network made a “political decision,” he thought it was “done very poorly.”

“I was heartbroken.” he added.

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  1. Konnie Logan

    August 3, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Roseanne fans are still waiting ! #CARRYONROSEANNE

  2. Jean Butler

    August 3, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Roseann was let go because she said her show would be for Pres Trump next year. It had nothing to do with what she said. They were sitting and waiting. I dont think the show without her will go anywhere. I hope she gets a new show.She would have va great fallowing.get people that are like minded and it would go big They have so much hate in them I dont watch any of them So I’m just waiting to see what they cook up.

  3. Jeffrey Jensen

    August 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Roseann could take over any of the 3 late night talk shows as I think she is genuinely more funny than any of them because 2 out of 3 of them are just not funny even with their applause/laugh signs. I don’t think she would be bashing President Trump as her main source of “humor” either. Maybe they should go for a guest host venue with different hosts every 2 weeks. Both Tim Alan and Roseann were helped along by Rodney Dangerfield. She and Rodney used to sneak out for Chinese, smokes, dinner and the comedy clubs when they were both checked into a weight loss clinic. Rodney told it like it was and I suspect Roseann has a lot of that in her also. When a network allows a black she boon to spit and curse out a guest judge on a live TV show it definitely shows the lack of a two way street tolerance levels especially with blacks and whites. Any black comedian can use the “N” word pretty much at will but if a white or any other race for that matter should utter it then all hell breaks loose.

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