NEW YORK (AP) - The maker of Ambien said Wednesday that â€śracism is not a known side effectâ€ť after Roseanne Barr cited the insomnia drug in explaining the tweet that led ABC to cancel her show.
Hours after ABC pulled the plug on â€śRoseanneâ€ť because of her offensive tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett - and quickly breaking a promise to stay off Twitter - the comedian was busy posting on the social media platform.
Barr tweeted that what she did was unforgiveable and urged supporters not to defend her. She said of the Jarrett tweet, â€śIt was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting.â€ť
The drug maker Sanofi took to social media to say that â€śwhile all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.â€ť
Barr later tweeted that she has had odd experiences while taking the drug late at night. â€śI blame myself, not Ambien,â€ť she tweeted.
After not mentioning Barrâ€™s firing in a campaign-style rally in Tennessee Tuesday night, President Donald Trump broke his silence on Twitter. He noted that Robert Iger, chief executive of ABC parent Walt Disney Co., called Jarrett to tell her that ABC did not tolerate Barrâ€™s comments.
â€śGee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC,â€ť Trump wrote. â€śMaybe I just didnâ€™t get the call?â€ť
Trump reveled in the success of â€śRoseanneâ€ť after Barrâ€™s character in the show came out as a supporter of his presidency.
â€śRoseanneâ€ť was an instant hit when it returned this spring after a two-decade hiatus. But after Barrâ€™s tweet that likened Jarrett, who is black, to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the â€śPlanet of the Apes,â€ť ABC canceled the show in a one-sentence statement from network entertainment president Channing Dungey. She called it â€śabhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.â€ť
Barrâ€™s agent also dropped her and several services pulled â€śRoseanneâ€ť reruns.
Jarrett, who said she was â€śfineâ€ť after the slur, urged in an MSNBC special Tuesday about racism that the incident become a teaching moment. â€śTone does start at the top, and we like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country,â€ť Jarrett said. â€śBut I also think that every individual citizen has a responsibility too, and itâ€™s up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it be.â€ť
Barr showed no signs of abandoning Twitter, engaging in a series of tweets that apologized to those who lost their jobs because of the â€śRoseanneâ€ť cancellation and expressed remorse she was being branded a racist.