Roseanne Barr Apologizes For ‘Joke’ Comparing Obama Aide To ‘Ape’

Posted at 11:37 AM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 11:37:56-04

NEW YORK (NBC News) — Comedian Roseanne Barr has apologized for comparing a former adviser of President Barack Obama to an ‘ape’ in a Twitter post.

In her tweet Monday morning, the actress was responding to an article from SGT Report which claimed Obama had spied on French presidential candidates. Jarrett is not mentioned in the article but a social media user accused her of helping Obama "hide a lot," which prompted Barr to weigh in.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” Barr said in a tweet that has been deleted.

In another tweet, Barr apologized to Jarrett for a “bad joke” and asked for forgiveness.

The post was part of a Tweet storm by Barr, in which she also apologized to Chelsea Clinton for another tweet in which she described her middle name as "Soros," claiming the former first daughter was married to a nephew of George Soros who Barr called a "racist" and "nazi" in another tweet.

Clinton responded to Barr, stating her middle name was "Victoria." After the apology, Barr admitted the mistake and made another jab at Clinton in a tweet saying she was “married to a son of a corrupt senator.”

The tweets come nearly a week after the season finale of the newly rebooted “Roseanne” on ABC. The show was the "highest rated and most watched series of the broadcast season," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Barr’s tweet sparked backlash on social media, with users calling on ABC to fire the actress and suspend the show’s production.

ABC Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company were not immediately available for comment.