So by now you know that ABC’s Roseanne revival has been canceled after nine episodes following a Twitter outburst by the titular star in which she said of former Obama Whisperer Valerie Jarrett, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
First off, let’s dispense with the liberal-MSM conspiracy stuff. Yes, Roseanne was the highest-rated show on network TV for half of this season, but the show’s trajectory was heading in the wrong direction, from 27.3 million viewers at the show’s debut to a season average of 19 million viewers. Did Roseanne make money for ABC/Disney? Sure. But this isn’t like Fox killing American Idol in 2003. Roseanne was a novelty act and no one thought it would be running at a high clip two seasons from now.
And even if they had wanted to keep it, Disney/ABC had to cancel the show because the show was already getting out of the Roseanne business. Consulting producer Wanda Sykes announced she wouldn’t do another episode. Executive producer (and co-star) Sara Gilbert ran away from Roseanne, saying “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent …”