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Roseanne Barr Performance at MGM National Harbor Cancelled

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    'Roseanne' Canceled by ABC After 'Abhorrent' Tweet From Barr

    ABC has canceled the reboot of "Roseanne" after star Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist remark about a former aide to President Barack Obama. (Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018)

    Roseanne Barr's planned October comedy show at MGM National Harbor has been cancelled, a day after the comedian tweeted a racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama.

    Within hours of her tweet Tuesday morning, ABC announced the cancellation of the reboot of her sitcom "Roseanne," even though the network had previously renewed it for a second season. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey released a statement Tuesday calling Barr's tweet "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

    Barr's now-deleted Tuesday morning tweet referred to Jarrett as "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." 

    The website for the Maryland hotel and casino does not list a Barr performance among its upcoming events. An MGM representative has confirmed to NBC Washington that the Oct. 12 show at National Harbor has been cancelled but did not comment further.

    Ticketmaster's website also states that the event is cancelled. Those who purchased tickets can get refunds from where they bought the tickets, according to Ticketmaster. Online and phone orders will be automatically cancelled and refunded.

    MGM's show was the only one on Barr's schedule this year, according to Ticketmaster's site. Barr's website, Roseanneworld.com, has no dates listed under upcoming events.

    In later tweets, Barr apologized several times for the racist comment and blamed it on the prescription sleeping drug Ambien.

    Ambien drug maker Sanofi rebutted Barr's claim that the drug played a role, saying, "racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."

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