US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has spoken out on the cancellation of the Roseanne reboot over a racist tweet by the star.

Mr Trump took to Twitter despite the White House claiming the US President had more important things to focus on then the axing of Roseanne to paint himself as a victim.

"Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate comments like those" made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologise for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn't get the call?" he tweeted.

Comedian Roseanne Barr saw her self-titled show axed, despite high ratings, after she posted a tweet calling former Obama Administration official Valerie Jarrett like "the Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby."

US President Donald Trump. Picture: AP
US President Donald Trump. Picture: AP

 

Valerie Jarrett. Picture: MSNBC
Valerie Jarrett. Picture: MSNBC

Ms Jarrett said Mr Trump needs to share the blame over Barr's racist tweet about her, saying that "tone does start at the top."

Fox News reports that Ms Jarrett spoke out during MSNBC's town hall on Everyday Racism in America.

She said she was "fine" after Barr's racist tweet.

The racist tweet which ended the ABC's reboot of the Roseanne show. Picture: Twitter
The racist tweet which ended the ABC's reboot of the Roseanne show. Picture: Twitter

 

But, without mentioning Mr Trump by name, Ms Jarrett suggested "tone" starts with him.

"We like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country, but I also think every individual citizen has a responsibility, too," Ms Jarrett said. "And it's up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it."

Barr, who claims she was under the influence of Ambien while she was tweeting, also falsely claimed that Chelsea Clinton ​is married to billionaire George Soros' nephew.

She then repeated a false rumour that the billionaire investor, who is Jewish and survived the Holocaust, is a Nazi sympathiser and assisted the organisation during World War II​ despite the fact he was 13.

The cast of the Roseanne reboot and co-showrunner, Whitney Cummings, left. Picture: AP
The cast of the Roseanne reboot and co-showrunner, Whitney Cummings, left. Picture: AP

 

Earlier, when asked what the president's reaction was to Barr's tweets, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president has been "focused" on North Korea, trade and the economy.

"The president is focused on North Korea. He's focused on trade deals. And he's focused on rebuilding our military, the economy. And that's what he's spending his time on; not responding to other things," Ms Sanders said.

Asked whether the president thought Roseanne's show should have been cancelled, Ms Sanders said: "That's not what he's spending his time on. And I think that we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now."

The cast of the Roseanne reboot. Picture: ABC
The cast of the Roseanne reboot. Picture: ABC

 

Barr apologised following her tweet on Tuesday.

"I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste," Barr tweeted, noting she was "now leaving Twitter."

 

But Barr returned to the social media platform, apologising again and blaming her tweet on the prescription sleeping pill Ambien. She also claimed that she thought Ms Jarrett was white.

ROSEANNE SLAMS HER TV FAMILY

Barr accused her onscreen kids of throwing her under the bus in comments they have made about her racist tweets.

She also took aim at Michael Fishman, who has played her on-screen son since the show's start in 1988.

Michael Fishman. Picture: Getty
Michael Fishman. Picture: Getty

 

Michael Fishman in 1993. Picture: Getty
Michael Fishman in 1993. Picture: Getty

 

Fishman wrote: "Today is one of the hardest days of my life. I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience who welcomed us into their homes.

"Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strives for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness."

 

Barr took exception to that.

"I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!" she tweeted.

 

She also had a crack at Sara Gilbert, who plays her daughter Darlene and who was the driving force behind the Roseanne reboot, after she called her onscreen mum's comments "abhorrent".

Sara Gilbert. Picture: Getty
Sara Gilbert. Picture: Getty

 

Sara Gilbert in 1990. Picture: Supplied
Sara Gilbert in 1990. Picture: Supplied

 

Emma Kenney, who played Barr's granddaughter Harris Connor-Healy, wrote she was "hurt, embarrassed and disappointed," calling Barr's comments "inexcusable."

She also claimed in a since-deleted tweet that she was set to quit the show right before it was cancelled.

Emma Kenney starred as Harris in Roseanne. Picture: Twitter
Emma Kenney starred as Harris in Roseanne. Picture: Twitter

 

Co-showrunner Whitney Cummings and guest star Sandra Bernhard have also spoken out against Roseanne.

John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf however are yet to comment.

Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner, who was involved with the series' original run and revival season, expressed his support for ABC's decision to cancel the series on Tuesday in the wake of Roseanne Barr's racist tweets.

"I support ABC's decision to cancel the show in the wake of Roseanne Barr's most recent reprehensible tweets," he said in a statement to Deadline. "Our goal was to promote constructive discussion about the issues that divide us. It represented the work of hundreds of talented people. I hope the good work done is not totally eclipsed by these abhorrent and offensive comments, and that Roseanne seeks the help she so clearly needs."

AMBIEN MAKER: OUR PILLS DON'T MAKE YOU RACIST

Ambien maker Sanofi Aventis has fired back at Barr overnight after she blamed the sedative for the racist tweetstorm that got her show cancelled.

"People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication," the France-based pharmaceutical company tweeted.

 

Barr isn't however the only celebrity to blame Ambien for controversial tweets.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk went on a Twitter rampage in June 2017, Mashable reported. He started the series of tweets by discussing his excitement over a Tesla shareholder meeting and went from there. He admitted to having a "little red wine, vintage record, some Ambien … and magic!" He tweeted a year earlier that he has learned that "tweeted on Ambien isn't wise."

Sean Penn during his bizarre interview with Stephen Colbert.  Picture:  Supplied
Sean Penn during his bizarre interview with Stephen Colbert. Picture: Supplied

 

Elon Musk has admitted taking Ambien and tweeting.  Picture:  AP
Elon Musk has admitted taking Ambien and tweeting. Picture: AP

 

Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn admitted to being on Ambien during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in March, People reported.

"I'm doing well," Penn told Colbert. "You've inherited a little of the Ambien I had to take to get to sleep after a red eye last night."

Embattled golf star Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI in 2017 after deputies found the athlete who was parked curiously on the side of the road, asleep. During a sobriety test, Woods slurred, couldn't walk a straight line and appeared "out of it." A toxicology test showed Woods had a number of prescription drugs in his system, including Ambien.

It was also widely speculated that Mr Trump's infamous "Covfefe" tweet was a result of the sleeping pills - his doctor, Ronny Jackson, confirmed during a press conference in January that Mr Trump occasionally takes Ambien.

 

This article originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permission