Roseanne Barr had a teary breakdown in her first interview following her termination from her television show on ABC for saying racist things on Twitter.
“I lost everything and I regretted it before I lost everything,” said Barr during a podcast interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, her lifelong friend.
Barr began crying as she discussed the remorse she claims to feel over attacking Valerie Jarrett, a former official of the Obama administration, in May.
The “Roseanne” star called Jarrett a child of Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization, and the film “Planet of the Apes.”
“I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff,” Barr said. “But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake.”
“I never would have wittingly called any black person … they are a monkey,” she continued. “I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that.”
Barr made an apology for being “unclear” when responding to the public’s outrage.
Later she said claimed the tweet resulted from the use of Ambien, a sleeping pill.
“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ ” Barr declared.
“But they don’t ever stop,” she whined. “They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”
ABC was quick to cancel her show’s reboot.
“I caused pain for my family, I caused pain for my mother, I caused pain to the 200 out-of-work actors that I loved,” Barr reflected. “And the crew and writers.”
The network recently revealed they will continue the show without Barr.
In the interview, she admitted when ABC hired her, the network had requested that she get off Twitter.
“And I told them, I promise I will get off Twitter,” Barr said. “They said ‘cause you’ll shoot yourself in the foot if you’re on there.’ ”
Barr said to the rabbi that she had donated to charities that promote the education of African-American children.