“I go way back with Rosie and that’s not the Rosie I know,” Allen said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I’ve ever known for a long time. Whatever got in her head isn’t the Roseanne I know. It’s a very icy time. I’ve been a comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, ‘We’ve gone backwards.’ There are things you can’t say. There are things you shouldn’t say. Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate.”
Allen reportedly weighed in about Barr’s firing on Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour following a panel with Kevin Abbott, the show runner for Allen’s cancelled show Last Man Standing. They’re reportedly promoting Fox’s revival of the comedy series.
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