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Roseanne: 'Do Not Defend Me'

She says she was 'Ambien tweeting'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2018 2:06 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2018 6:21 AM CDT
In this March 23, 2018 photo, Roseanne Barr arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" on Friday in Burbank, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter on Tuesday night, hours after she said she was quitting in the wake of the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett that got her show canceled. She blamed her offensive tweet on the sedative Ambien. "Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me," she said in one tweet. "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended." In another tweet, she apologized to the "hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors" who lost their jobs because of her "stupid tweet." Barr added in yet another tweet: "Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff-I'm not a censor and they have the right to do what they wish." More:

  • Valerie Jarrett's response. Jarrett, a former Obama adviser, responded to Barr's tweet in a town hall hosted by MSNBC on Tuesday night. She said she was doing "fine" but feels that this should be a "teaching moment." Asked if she felt whether President Trump had set the tone for Barr's tweet, she said: "Tone does start at the top, and we like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country. But I also think that every individual citizen has a responsibility too, and it's up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it be."

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