Roseanne Barr joined Sean Hannity for her first TV interview since a controversial tweet about Valerie Jarrett got her ABC show Roseanne cancelled in May. Though the subjects of the interview covered everything from her mental health issues to her disastrous performance of the National Anthem, the main focus was the tweet in which she said the former advisor to President Obama was a mix between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. Many saw the tweet as racist, but Roseanne insists it was politically motivated.
“That is a tweet about asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran deal, which Valerie Jarrett is the author of,” Roseanne said. “And that was what was in my head.”
Roseanne has vehemently maintained that she didn’t even know Jarrett was black, she thought she was white. Roseanne has repeatedly apologized, and this time she looked into the camera and apologized directly to Jarrett, not so much for the tweet, but for what she perceives to be a misunderstanding.
“I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn't. It was political. And I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that caused my ill-worded tweet. And I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. I never meant that. And for that I apologize,” Roseanne said.
Unfortunately, in typical Roseanne fashion, the comedian didn’t stop there, saying, “Plus I’d tell her she’s gotta get a new haircut, I mean seriously, she needs a new haircut.”
And though, given what she had to say during a recent visit to The View, Jarrett seemingly has no interest in it, Roseanne sounded as if she’d like to clear the air personally. Once again speaking directly to Jarrett, Roseanne said, “Valerie, let’s discuss this. Don’t assume that you know what I meant, because I think you don’t know what I meant, and I would like to make it clearer to you what I did mean. And I would like to find a way past all that to really discuss the issue at hand and to try to find common ground between us.”