Roseanne Barr rues her racist tweet; says it cost her everything

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In June, ABC announced a Roseanne spin-off that will not feature Barr.

Barr clarified to Hannity that she saw the tweet as political, not racial, adding "I will always defend Israel".

"I have apologized a lot".

Barr tweeted a joke saying that former Obama official Valerie Jarrett was an "ape", which immediately led to a public outcry.

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At one point, Hannity asked what Barr would say to Jarrett if she could talk to her directly.

Later in the live podcast she claimed that her axing off the sitcom was a long time coming and that ABC wanted her off the show for some time. She later added that the racism accusations particularly made her worry about some of her friends and relatives: "The thing that broke my heart the most - I have to say this - is that I have African-American children in my family and in my loved circle, and Asians too, and Hispanic people and ... It cost me everything, my life's work, and I've paid the price for it". Barr also went on to say that being called racist was "the worst thing". I never meant that, and for that I apologize.

Barr also gave other explanations for her tweet, saying she had taken the sleep aid Ambien, drunk two beers and was taking antidepressant medication on the night she posted on the social media network two months ago.

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Despite the furore and the cancellation of her show by ABC, Barr said her contract protected her from getting in trouble for her tweets.

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She confessed: "I am a creative genius, and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way, and it's not a good feeling for a citizen, either".

Hannity eventually asked Barr to address people who may not have heard her previous apologies, issued on Twitter. "We just have a different opinion", she said. She said she would tell Ms Jarrett: "I'm sorry that you feel harm and hurt, I never meant that".

Co-host Meghan McCain similarly expressed skepticism of embracing Roseanne, and she said the former sitcom star made it harder for her to convince people that Republicans aren't all crazed bigots.

Barr insisted on Thursday that her comments were not meant to be racist, but were instead political.

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