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Roseanne Barr: I Might Be Moving to Israel for Good

The devout Jew says she's going there to study and possibly to live
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2018 2:00 PM CDT
Roseanne Barr takes part in a podcast taping at Stand Up NY in July.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – Roseanne Barr may be killed off in the reboot of her ABC sitcom, and the controversial comedian says she won't be tuning in. Instead, TMZ reports she's decided to be in Israel for the fall premiere of the newly re-named The Conners. Barr, whose eponymous series was canceled following her infamous tweet about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, made the announcement on celebrity rabbi Shmuley Boteach's podcast. "I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there," Barr said. And it may even be permanent. Per CNN, Barr said she would "probably move somewhere there. ... I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky I can go. It's my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman."

Barr, who ABC has announced will have absolutely no creative or financial ties to The Conners when it debuts, also addressed her firing in the interview. The vocal supporter of President Trump said she made a "fatal mistake" when she decided to apologize for the tweet in which she compared Jarrett, who is black, with a character from Planet of the Apes. "Once you apologize to them they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don’t exist," Barr said in reference to the political left. "That’s how they do things. They don’t accept apologies." The Conners airs its first episode Oct. 16. (Read more Roseanne Barr stories.)

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