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‘Anti-Semitism’: Roseanne Barr Accuses ABC of Firing Her Over Her Support for Israel

After she was quickly booted from the “Roseanne” sitcom’s reboot, star Roseanne Barr later mentioned she would give a speech on the “anti-Semitic BDS movement” to Israel’s parliament. Now, she’s looking back and blaming the ABC network for its “antisemitism.”

The former star told The Jerusalem Post ahead of her meeting with the parliament how she felt about being kicked off the show.

“I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-Semitism,” Barr told the Post. “I think it played a part — the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant — and what I meant was a commentary on Iran — so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain.”

Barr said she believes the network acted “in haste” doing “something unprecedented that they’ve never done to any other artist.”

“And at the base of that, I think it’s because I am the most vocal person about Israel and BDS,” she added.

In May 2018, the Jewish star sent out a since-deleted tweet that quickly got her booted from the sitcom — “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj” — comparing former President Barack Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

Defending her remarks to the Post, she said ABC executives “mischaracterized” her comments “purposely and repeatedly” because “they wanted to shape it and they did — they said it was something racial, when it was actually something political.” She added:

“And I have never in my life done anything racist, and I think my career proves that. And they did it so quickly — to fire and label and slander my name. I think it had a lot to do with identifying with Israel.”

ABC brought back the sitcom with the spinoff called “The Conners” — which Barr was allowed no part in.

Former co-star John Goodman previously explained he’d be “mopey and sad” in his role on “The Conners” because the writers of the show killed off his show-wife. Later, he explained the spinoff had a “hollow center” without Barr.

Barr’s character, “Roseanne,” was killed in the sitcom spinoff by an opioid overdose — she responded after its premiere in a tweet writing, “I AIN’T DEAD, B***HES!!!!”

Watch the video below:

https://twitter.com/TheConnersABC/status/1052401564688748546

Since the show aired without its main character, the spinoff took a nosedive in ratings. “The Conners” premiere brought in 10.5 million viewers, decreasing 55 percent from when “Roseanne” premiered the spring prior.

Barr has continued her Jewish faith since leaving the show, as she regularly studies with mentor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and has previously said she is considering moving to Israel someday, as the Post reported.

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