Roseanne Barr Breaks Down in First Interview Since Racist Tweet: “I Horribly Regret It”

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While her former co-stars prep for the ABC spinoff of the recently canceled Roseanne reboot, the show’s former star Roseanne Barr continues to grapple with the ramifications of the racial tweet that put everything in a tailspin.

“I horribly regret it,” Barr said during an interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. “Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything.”

Fans will recall that on May 29, Barr issued a tweet from her Twitter account that compared former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. And while she deleted the tweet soon after, the damage had already been done.

“It’s really hard to say this, but I didn’t mean what they think I meant,” Barr added. “I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses, but I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”

And then the tears began to fall.

“I definitely feel remorse,” she continued. “I’m a lot of things, I’m a loud mouth and all that stuff, but I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person…a monkey.”

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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