Facing a fevered backlash over social media, Roseanne Barr apologized Tuesday for making a racially charged comment at longtime Barack Obama adviser and close friend Valerie Jarrett.
Over Twitter, the irascible star of the newly relaunched ABC sitcom “Roseanne” launched a firestorm by writing of Jarrett: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
Jarrett was born in Iran and is African-American.
Barr initially responded to criticism suggesting the remark was a “joke.” But as calls quickly grew for both ABC and sponsors to drop the sitcom, she later offered a full-throated apology.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
Jarrett, who is now a University of Chicago Law School senior fellow, declined comment through a spokesperson.
But longtime friend and White House colleague David Axelrod took aim at Barr’s comment.
“I’m proud of Valerie and the extraordinary life and contributions she’s made,” Axelrod said in an email Tuesday. “Can anyone say the same about that tweet? It brands itself.”
It appears the original tweet was since taken down.
ABC could not be immediately reached for comment.