“My heart’s broken about [the controversy],” Cummings, who served as a co-showrunner on the series, told TMZ. “I don’t really have words at the moment but maybe they can salvage the legacy in some way, but if it benefits her financially it’s a bad move.”
ABC canceled “Roseanne” after Barr went on a racist tweetstorm, comparing former President Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape and called billionaire George Soros a “Nazi” who “turned in his fellow Jews.”
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr, who played brash matriarch Roseanne Conner on the show, wrote in one tweet aimed at Jarrett, which she later deleted.
Then, after falsely claiming that Chelsea Clinton is married to Soros’ nephew, Barr responded with an “apology” that included a conspiracy-mongering rant about him.
“Sorry to have tweeted incorrect info about you! Please forgive me! By the way, George Soros is a Nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth-were you aware of that? But, we all make mistakes, right Chelsea?” Barr wrote.
Cummings told TMZ she had quit the show “months ago,” though she publicly announced her departure in May in a since-deleted tweet, citing “work commitments and touring.” Now, it appears, she quit over Barr.
“I have too many gray hairs in my head from this experience … I’m just trying to heal from the whole thing,” she said.
Though she personally doesn’t want to see a spinoff, Cummings understands why everyone who worked on the show would want to bring it back.
“It’s a real shame for all of the cast and crew who are so proud of the work that we did…” Cummings said. “I think that everyone is just so desperate to preserve the legacy of a show that touched so many people with such incredible actors…everyone’s trying to stop the bleeding and stop all the damage that has been done.”