In First Interview, Roseanne Says She Made Herself a “Hate Magnet”

The actress says she regrets the tweet that got her fired.

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr at the "Roseanne" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 23, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Vera Anderson/WireImage)
By Rebecca Gibian / June 25, 2018 9:28 am

Roseanne Barr said during an emotional interview that she feels remorse for the racist tweet that caused ABC to cancel the revival of Roseanne. The actress recorded a podcast interview with a longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, in which she claims she would “never would have wittingly called any black person a monkey.”

Barr, who was in tears for much of the interview, lamented that some people don’t accept her explanation blaming the sleep drug Ambien for the tweet, which likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person created by the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have,’” Barr said. “But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”

This was Barr’s first interview since the cancellation of the show.

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