Roseanne Barr launches YouTube talk show; says attack on Obama aide that got her fired wasn’t racial

August 6, 2018 GMT

Roseanne Barr announced Friday that she’s launching a new web show after a video of her ranting about her controversial Valerie Jarrett tweet went viral.

With the help of her son, Jake Pentland, Ms. Barr has been working on a series of recorded interviews with friends and family members, TMZ reported.

She’s reportedly been “holed up” all week at Mr. Pentland’s studio in El Segundo, California, with a production team that includes Mr. Pentland, Ms. Barr’s boyfriend, former “Roseanne” crew member Allan Stephan and her former campaign manager Thomas Muhammad.

Ms. Barr was widely condemned in May after she compared former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to a “Planet of the Apes” character. She issued an apology and called it a “bad joke,” but ABC canceled her wildly popular “Roseanne” reboot after just one season. Weeks later, the network announced a spinoff series based on the fictional Conner family, “The Conners,” which would not include Ms. Barr.


Ms. Barr has repeatedly claimed that she didn’t know Ms. Jarrett was black. In a now-viral video that she posted on her YouTube channel Thursday, the comedian repeatedly screamed, “I thought the bitch was white!”

Mr. Pentland said the rant was a sneak peak of what’s to come. They don’t have a name for the show yet, or a release date, TMZ reported.

It’s unclear what the show will entail. Besides the Jarrett rant, all Ms. Barr has posted on her YouTube channel in several months are a few low-quality cooking videos and one where she instructs women how to urinate standing up.