Jerry Seinfeld questioned why ABC decided to fire Roseanne Barr over a racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett and said you don’t “murder someone who’s committing suicide.”
“I didn’t see why it was necessary to fire her,” the 64-year-old comedian told Entertainment Tonight in a piece published Tuesday. “Why would you murder someone who’s committing suicide?”
“But I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push,” he added. “That was fresh.”
The “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” star also said he hates to see another comedian lose a job over what happened and suggested the network hire another comedian to play her part in the newly announced spinoff from the series called “The Conners.” It will only focus on members of the family with Barr not benefiting from the series financially.
“I think they should get another Roseanne,” Seinfeld shared. “They brought Dan Conner back. He was dead, right, and they brought him back. So, why can’t we get another Roseanne? There’s other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job.”
The comments come after the 65-year-old actress was fired from “Roseanne” and plans for a second season of the very popular show were canceled.
Barr’s original tweet read, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
She apologized for the racist tweet and has since vowed to “make restitution for the pain she caused.”
I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 5, 2018