Wanda Sykes Quits 'Roseanne' After Barr's Racially Charged Twitter Rant

Updated | Roseanne was canceled after Roseanne Barr went on a racially charged tirade against a number of left-winged figures, including former Obama adviser Valarie Jarrett. Earlier, comedian Wanda Sykes, one of the show's head writers, announced she would not return.

"I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC," Sykes wrote on Tuesday, just a few hours after Barr posted a series of tweets attacking Jarret and business magnate George Soros.

Barr posted a tweet on Tuesday morning calling Jarrett, a black attorney and President Barack Obama's former Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, an ape. "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," Barr wrote in response to tweet alleging Jarret hid Obama's secrets.

Her tweet was met with a wave of backlash with some fans criticizing Barr, a President Donald Trump supporter, for making the racist comparison. Some people tweeted to ABC asking the network to cut ties and cancel the show in light of Barr's remarks while others threatened to boycott the show.

.@ABC, how desperate are you to profit from Roseanne’s racism? We know racism sells in this country, it always has. But you don’t have to participate in it. This apology is meaningless. Cancel Roseanne. https://t.co/gpbslQZbJX

— deray (@deray) May 29, 2018

I would be very ashamed if I worked on Roseanne.

— Payman Benz (@PaymanBenz) May 29, 2018

Barr posted an apology tweet in response to the social media scrutiny and deleted a number of the tweets written about Jarret and Soros, whom she called a "Nazi" and falsely claimed his nephew was married to Chelsea Clinton. "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans," Barr wrote. "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."

Although ABC has not yet released a statement on the matter, Sykes wasted no time announcing her departure from the series, which means she will not be back in the writing room for Season 2 of the show. Newsweek's request to Sykes for Comment went unanswered.

Roseanne was renewed for Season 2 in March, and ABC execs already noted that the second season of the show would steer away from its political undertones, which received both criticism and praise for its representation of right-winged views. "I think that they're going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family," Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment president, told Variety in May.

The show's executive producer Whitney Cummings also announced her plans to exit the show on May 18, writing that other "work commitments" were preventing her from returning to the series.

This story was updated to say ABC canceled "Roseanne."