Comic Jerry Seinfeld weighed in on fellow comedian Roseanne Barr's firing from the reboot of her hugely successful '90s sitcom, Roseanne. ABC canceled the reboot after Barr posted a racist tweet insulting Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama.
Seinfeld's comments were all over the place and we're not sure what point he was trying to make.
About her firing over the fallout, Seinfeld wondered in an interview with USA Today:
I don't even know why they had to do that. It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide. I thought the firing was overkill. She's already dead.
Seinfeld seems to have a fascination for people who crash and burn. He went on to explain:
I really enjoy that, and a lot of people have done it in a lot of different ways … and I like to kind of rate them and compare them. All she had to do was press 'share' and it was all over, so I thought that was kind of cool 'cause it was different. … You know, drugs and sex, those are the usual things. This was something new, and I thought it was inventive.
In another interview on Entertainment Tonight Seinfeld said:
I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push. That was fresh.
He also wondered why they couldn't simply replace Roseanne with another comedian in the role:
They brought Dan Conner back. He was dead, 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.
All this talk seems to be a moot point, since Seinfeld isn't a fan of reboots to begin with. He said:
I'm not a fan of going back. I like to go forward. Make up something new. I don't like retreads, I don't like sequels, I don't like Throwback Thursday. I like to look at old pictures, but other than that, let's move on.
The Roseanne reboot isn't dead yet. ABC has given the green light to a spin off called The Connors. The rest of the cast and crew will return to carry on with the working class family saga. There has been no wood on how Barr's character will be written out of the show.
Barr gave an interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Soundcloud in which she said:
It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant and that’s what’s so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people, even unwillingly, there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.
You have to feel remorse, not just repentance. That’s just a step towards feeling remorse. And when you feel remorse, you have to follow it with recompense. You have to take an action in the world — whether it’s through money or other things — to correct your sin. After your heart is unfrozen and after it stops being broken from the pain you caused others, you stop being a robot and you've got to come back to God. So it’s remorse, and I definitely feel remorse.
People were already anticipating the backlash Seinfeld would receive.
It didn't take long.