Roseanne Blames Valerie Jarrett Tweet on a Sleeping Medication

Posted: May 30, 2018 8:50 AM
Roseanne Blames Valerie Jarrett Tweet on a Sleeping Medication

UPDATE: Ambien maker Sanofi offered this response.


Roseanne Barr is blaming her controversial tweet about Valerie Jarrett on a sleeping pill. On Monday, the comedienne wrote, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.” It was aimed at former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, a black woman who was born in Iran to American parents. Although Roseanne's TV show reboot had been a ratings success for ABC this year, the network showed no hesitation in canceling the program over her "repugnant" comment. Roseanne also apologized for the tweet and urged her fans not to boycott ABC, since they had the right to fire her.

On Tuesday, after reflecting on the tweet and the backlash, Roseanne tried to explain that Ambien had something to do with her late night tweeting. 

“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-it was egregious Indefensible,” she wrote. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but...don’t defend it please.”

Some social media users and media pundits weren't buying it and began mocking her defense.

Roseanne still acknowledged her tweet was not in good taste asked her fans not to defend her sleep-induced comments.

Yet, the comedienne did not appreciate the condemnation she was receiving from her fellow cast members, whom she's known for years.

Roseanne responded to statements like those by writing, "I’m tired of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse."

She signed off Tuesday night thanking fans for their "kind comments" and support.