CTV pulls 'Roseanne' from its television and streaming platforms
In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Roseanne Barr arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" on Friday in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018 4:44PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:14PM EDT
TORONTO -- CTV says it is pulling "Roseanne" from its television and streaming platforms following a racist tweet on Tuesday by the show's star Roseanne Barr.
CTV Communications tweeted its plans less than two hours after the show's U.S. network, ABC, said it was cancelling the series.
Barr apologized for suggesting on Twitter that former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes."
But the comment drew widespread condemnation from observers including consulting producer Wanda Sykes, who tweeted that she would not return to the show, and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who said the comments "are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew."
"Roseanne" recently concluded its first-season run Tuesdays on CTV but had also been available to stream on CTV.ca and the CTV Go app.
A CTV spokesman says the episodes were being removed from those platforms, as well as the on-demand services available through the country's various cable providers.
CP24 is a division of Bell Media, which also owns CTV