Roseanne Barr has commented on losing "everything" following the controversy caused by a tweet that resulted in the cancellation of her show.
The hit sitcom "Roseanne," which originally aired from 1988 to 1997, was brought back to television in March 2018 with its star, Roseanne Barr, reprising her role.
However, the revival of the show was short-lived and abruptly ended just two months later, due to a racist tweet posted by Roseanne Barr. The tweet targeted former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett, comparing her to an ape.
Roseanne Barr claimed that she thought Valerie Jarrett was white, but her show was swiftly canceled by ABC due to the tweet, which was deemed "abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values."
Now, the actor, writer, and comedian is responding with retaliation.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she stated: "They didn't do it to anyone else in Hollywood, although they always throw in Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K."
"Well, Louis C.K. did lose everything, but he committed an actual [offense]. And Dave Chappelle was protected by Netflix."
"I'm the only person who's lost everything, whose life's work was stolen, stolen by people who I thought loved me."
"And there was silence. There was no one in Hollywood really defending me publicly, except for [fellow comedian] Mo'nique, who is a brave, close, dear friend."
When queried about the devastating effect it had on her life, she responded: "It was. I would die many times."
"I guess you would call it the dark night of the soul. I felt like the devil himself was coming against me to try to tear me apart, to punish me for believing in God."
She continued: "And they denied me the right to apologize. Oh my God, they just hated me so badly. I had never known that they hated me like that."
"They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion."
"Even though Roseanne became their No. 1 show, they'd rather not have a No. 1 show."
Barr has gone back to her origins in stand-up comedy and has emerged victorious.
Regarding her feelings of betrayal towards her former co-stars in the sitcom, she responded: "I can't know what they think or feel. I don't know why they did what they did. I'm not like them. I realized that."
"I can't believe what they did, with all the pain that I went through to bring the show back. And it didn't faze them to murder my character, either."
"They s*** on my contribution to television and the show itself. But I forgive everybody."
"I started thinking that God took me out of there to save me. And once I started thinking that way, I was, like, a lot better off."
She added: "I've survived. I've come out on the other side of it, finally. But it was a witch-burning. And it was terrifying."