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Roseanne Describes Her Desperate Conversation With ABC Before Firing

In a series of since-deleted tweets on Thursday, Roseanne Barr described what she said went down between her and Disney-ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood right before the company publicly announced that they’d canceled her rebooted hit sit-com.

“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends,” wrote Barr in a series of tweets. “I begged them not to cancel the show.”

To make amends, she said she told Sherwood she’d do anything, including going on a publicity tour for weeks for free.

“I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis,” she wrote. “I begged 4 ppls jobs.”

Barr said she told Sherwood that she actually did not realize that Valerie Jarrett — whom she described in the infamous tweet that got her fired as the love-child of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes” — was not white.

“He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family!” she wrote. “He scoffed & said: ‘what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.’ I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg.”

In an echo of her previous “Ambien tweeting” comment, Barr then said that she told Sherwood that she believes that her medication is part of the problem.

“I also told Ben Sherman [sic] that I would go in hospital to check my meds, bc the stress had made them less effective. I begged like 40 motherf—–s,” she wrote. “Done now.”

A few minutes later, Barr noted a “hilarious gross” irony: ABC was supposedly replacing reruns of “Roseanne” with reruns of “Cosby.”

“Get this! they pulled all my reruns and replaced me with COSBY! it’s kinda hilariously gross,” she wrote.

Barr then pivoted to how “ashamed” she was that child co-star Jayden Rey might believe she doesn’t love her because she’s African American.

“The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew 2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American,” she wrote. “It’s the most gawd awful painful thing. I can’t let myself cave in tho.”

H/T The Daily Mail

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