ABC urged Roseanne Barr to leave Twitter

Outspoken TV star Roseanne Barr has revealed she was urged to leave Twitter by ABC before she posted her racist message.

The 65-year-old actress was known for her outspoken views on the micro-blogging site long before her popular sitcom returned to TV screens earlier this year, and Roseanne has now revealed that the US network tried to avoid any potential controversies by encouraging her to leave the platform.

She shared: “They asked me to get off Twitter, because I’m always saying things.”

ABC abruptly cancelled her hit show ‘Roseanne’ shortly after she likened Valerie Jarrett, a Senior Advisor to former President Barack Obama, to an ape.

Roseanne has denied accusations of racism, but also conceded she doesn’t deserve any support from anyone.

Speaking to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s podcast, she explained: “I ask people if you look at my tweet don’t defend me. I’ve done something egregious and I don’t want to be defended. I don’t want to get any more racism going from what I did, I don’t want that. I don’t want to be defended.”

By contrast, Roseanne previously blamed her use of the prescription insomia drug Ambien for her offensive tweet.

She tweeted: “Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet (sic)”

The showbiz veteran – who starred on the sitcom alongside John Goodman – admitted that her message was unforgivable.

She wrote: “Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. 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 [sic]. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. (sic)”

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