Roseanne Barr reveals belief that critics wanted her to commit suicide following 2018 cancelation

May 20, 2023
Ben Marquis

Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr was a victim of the left's "cancel culture" in 2018 in response to a tweet she posted that some perceived to be offensive and racist.

Now Barr had revealed that in addition to being canceled from her eponymous show and Hollywood more broadly, she believes that some of her harshest critics were actually trying to compel her to commit suicide, according to the Washington Examiner.

That revelation came during a recent interview on the podcast hosted by Megyn Kelly that focused on the "betrayal" of Barr by her former supposed friends and castmates following the social media post that got her canceled.

Barr's cancelation

It was in 2018 that Barr was unceremoniously fired from her own rebooted sitcom "Roseanne" after she posted a tweet critical of former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett that read: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."

The outcry had been immediate and fierce, particularly from co-star Sara Gilbert, who played Barr's daughter Darlene on the show and was quite outspoken in repeatedly criticizing Barr for the particular tweet.

In fact, during one portion of the interview, Barr said that Gilbert had "repeatedly twisted" the proverbial knife in her back and actually credited condemnatory tweets from Gilbert as being the impetus for ABC to fire her, which Barr found particularly shocking since Gilbert had been the one to "beg" her to come back and do the rebooted sitcom.

Gilbert had tweeted, "Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least."

That was followed by a second post that said, "This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love -- one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."

Believed critics wanted her to commit suicide

At another point in the interview, Barr said, "They just tried to kill me, and I felt like they killed my character -- and my character -- but I thought they were sending a message over the airwaves because they knew I had mental health issues."

"I thought they wanted me to kill myself, and all my friends did, too. They said, 'They're trying to push you to suicide,'" she added.

A return to stand-up comedy

The Examiner noted that following her cancelation in 2018, Barr has since reemerged as a staunch advocate on behalf of free speech and an opponent of "cancel culture," which she asserts will kill comedy if left unchecked.

During a recent discussion with Fox News host Greg Gutfeld to promote her "Cancel This!" comedy special on Fox Nation, Barr said, "I think comedy is a big part of the target because comedy’s so powerful."

"The fact that we can laugh at them really upsets them, and they want to put an end to that," she added. "They don’t want us to laugh at them because it’s so powerful to be able to laugh at them, to scorn, and I guess they’re just so cowardly they can’t just do it."

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