Despite local ties, NAACP leader applauds ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne”


It debuted on ABC in March to an audience of nearly 19 million viewers, but now the biggest show on television in years is going dark.

Tuesday afternoon, ABC announced it’s cancelling its popular “Roseanne” reboot after the show’s star went on a rant on Twitter.

That caused a lot of disappointment.  Some are disappointed the show is cancelled, while others are disappointed in the show’s star, Roseanne Barr.

After all, Evansville and the “Roseanne” show seemed to go hand in hand.

The house used as the exteriors of Roseanne’s house on the show is located in Evansville.

Her family’s church and the bar her husband visits on the show is also here.

The creator of the show, Matt Williams, is also an Evansville native.

But, there are mixed feelings after many learned Roseanne took to Twitter Tuesday morning, posting a racist tweet about a former advisor to President Barack Obama.

After backlash on Twitter, Barr apologized for her tweet, but that wasn’t enough for ABC.

Just hours later, the network pulled the plug on season two of its summer blockbuster series.

One official saying, there are some things more important than money.

Rev. Gerald Arnold, the president of the local NAACP tells Eyewitness News, Barr’s tweet is disturbing.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Rev. Arnold. “It’s just not there with it because in these times there’s too much going on and the polarization we are in, our president and things that are going on, you would think that people with common sense – and maybe we need to be uncommon today — would just censor what you say.”

A re-run of “Roseanne” was set to air Tuesday on ABC, but network officials told Eyewitness News that re-run will be replaced with a different TV show.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2018) 

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