When ABC’s president, Channing Dungey terminated Roseanne Barr’s leading role in her hit TV show this day became predictable.
Dungey succumbed to the rage coming from leftists who just couldn’t abide a Trump-loving conservative playing herself in a highly rated TV show:
Roseanne literally just said that Valerie Jarrett, who was Senior Advisor to President Obama, is like the Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes having a baby.
This is the gross normalization of bigotry in America. https://t.co/zPYE1nBGPA
— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 29, 2018
Aside from the obvious hypocrisy that forgives similar statements and tweets from the left aimed at conservatives while defending their stars who attack conservatives, their outrage in this case was based on a false premise.
And, Roseanne immediately pointed that out in a follow-up tweet:
“ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”
Barr was right but the bigotry charge plays well among angry leftists.
These are the same leftists who love denigrating Christians and are non-ceasing in their attacks on the Catholic Church. If Dungey applied this standard evenly, at the very least Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar would have been sent packing a long time ago.
Well now two senior ABC executives are concerned that Dungey’s adherence to liberal orthodoxy, that led her to fire Barr almost immediately after the tweet was sent, was a mistake. According to a report in the Mail Online the executives expressed their regrets at Dungey’s “knee-jerk” decision:
“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation. This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.
“They could’ve suspended her from the first few episodes without pay and had her return later on in the season. I mean the season finale saw Roseanne going to the hospital for knee surgery. While they worked out her fate, her character could have faced serious complications and fought for her life, while simultaneously making Roseanne fight for her career with a national apology tour.
“The morning the racist tweet scandal blew up, Roseanne offered to publicly apologize and do the rounds of every show but Ben and Channing weren’t having any of that and wanted her gone. Why not have her front a PSA for the network on racism and cyberbullying?”
A third senior executive told the Mail Online that executives fear the revamped show, sans Roseanne, is certain to flop:
“When we greenlit The Conners we thought that the public would tune in to see the family return but what we’ve discovered is that people want Roseanne – they don’t want the family by themselves.”
The same source said:
“In the end, the ratings are all that matter – and there are many people at Disney and ABC who are worried that firing Roseanne will see their Tuesday night ratings drop substantially. And should The Conners flop, Channing and her team will have many questions to answer. The whisper across ABC is that they will not even be a quarter of what Roseanne achieved last season.”
What is it with ABC president Channing Dungey cancelling hit shows solely for what appears to be political reasons? Remember Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing? It was picked up by FOX and continues pulling in rating in its new home