Here’s How Much Money Roseanne Barr Is Losing Since ABC Canceled Her Show
Thanks to racist comments she made on Twitter, Roseanne Barr went from sitcom comeback queen to canceled in a matter of hours. Her apology was not enough for thousands on Twitter as well as ABC executives who called the statements “repugnant” and inexcusable.
Here we’ll look at exactly how the tweetstorm went down and just how much money Barr will lose from her show’s cancellation (page 7). See which other public figures she named in separate inflammatory tweets the same day (page 10).
The tweet that started it all
- She insulted a former Obama adviser.
On May 29, 2018, the sitcom star went on a Twitter rant in which she made a racist insult toward Valerie Jarrett, a black woman and former adviser to President Barack Obama. “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” she tweeted. She dismissed accusations the comment was racist, calling it “a joke.”
“ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties,” she went on to tweet. “Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.” She later deleted the post about Jarrett, and tweeted an apology, adding, “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
Next: ABC’s written response
ABC canceled her show within hours
- The network called the statement “abhorrent.”
Hours after Barr’s initial tweet, Disney announced it was canceling the show. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.
“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” she added. Disney owns both ABC Television Group and ABC News.
Next: See how Barr’s co-stars responded
Her colleagues were dismayed by the tweet
- Two planned to quit before the cancellation was announced.
Actress Emma Kenney, who played Roseanne’s granddaughter, tweeted that she found out about the cancellation when she called her manager to quit the show as a result of the tweet. Barr’s onscreen daughter Sara Gilbert tweeted her comments were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.”
Before ABC announced the cancellation, Wanda Sykes, one of the show’s consulting producers, said in a tweet, “I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.” Hours later, the post garnered well over 100,000 likes.
Next: What will they lose?
Her colleagues’ earnings
Roseanne was going to be a big earner for everyone involved — and thanks to Barr, this won’t be the case anymore. The cast members who reached out to quit before they even knew the show was canceled vary in net worth. Emma Kenney, for example, has a net worth between $300,000 and $500,000. Meanwhile, Wanda Sykes has a net worth of about $6 million, and Sara Gilbert is worth about $16 million.
Next: Roseanne leaned hard to the right
Roseanne the Trump supporter
Since its original airing, Roseanne has always been a controversial show. It frequently addressed topics like domestic violence, abortion, racism, and mental illness. Beyond that, this newest season involved a Trump-supporting Roseanne, which caused plenty of controversy among fans. Barr supported Trump in real life, and he even called her to congratulate her.
Next: Were there plans for another season?
How the reboot had performed
- The show’s revival generated impressive ratings, and another season was planned.
Three months ago, the first season of the Roseanne revival premiered to huge ratings, CNN reported. Pre-production work had started for the second season, which ABC planned to air Tuesdays this fall at 8 p.m.
The original show had ended in 1996, and the first reboot season aired from March 27, 2018, through May 22, 2018.
Next: How much money Barr will lose out on
How much ABC was paying her
- She earned $250,000 per episode.
Barr earned $250,000 per episode for the reboot, according to Variety. With nine episodes, that would make her salary for the season almost $2.3 million. For the previous season (which aired in 1996), she pulled in $21 million total, Slate reported.
She also built up her $80 million net worth through earnings from Roseanne’s syndication. In 1993, when it was the No. 1 show in new syndication, it brought in $1 million per syndicated episode.
Next: What John Goodman was earning
How much her onscreen husband earned
- He also earned $250,000 per episode.
Like Barr, co-star John Goodman earned $250,000 per episode on the latest season, Variety reported. Goodman is not active on social media and did not immediately issue a statement in response to his co-star’s behavior. Goodman’s character Dan Conner had come back from the dead on the show.
In addition to Roseanne, Goodman had also acted in movies like Monsters University, The Internship, and The Hangover III. He also lent his voice to cartoon projects.
Next: Did she want to be another Donald Trump?
Barr’s other career moves
- She did standup comedy and movies and ran for president.
In addition to Roseanne, Barr has also appeared on the big screen in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, She-Devil, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. She wrote an autobiography, Roseanne: My Life as a Woman.
And you might not even remember it, but she had political aspirations: In 2012, Barr ran for president as part of the Green Party. Although she did not win the nomination, the Peace and Freedom Party went on to nominate her. She came in sixth place in the popular vote for president.
Next: And that wasn’t all she tweeted.
It wasn’t Barr’s only explosive tweet
- Her other tweet from the same day mentioned Chelsea Clinton.
The same day she tweeted about Jarrett, the comedian also tweeted about Chelsea Clinton, tweeting, “Chelsea Soros Clinton.” In the comments, she replied that Clinton is “married to Soros nephew.” (Soros is a billionaire known for his liberal politics.)
Clinton responded with clarification, “Good morning Roseanne – my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros’s nephews are lovely people. I’m just not married to one,” she wrote. Barr then continued to rant, calling Soros a “Nazi.”
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Additional reporting by John Wolfe