The in-disgrace comedian’s phone interview with spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has been released online.
One day after Roseanne Barr’s ABC sitcom was cancelled because of a racist tweet, the disgraced comedian did a phone interview with spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. On Sunday, weeks after the termination, audio from that discussion was made released to the public.
Though Boteach at first declined to release the interview, the 36-minute conversation was at last uploaded onto the rabbi’s SoundCloud account on Sunday morning. A copy of the discusson was also posted to Facebook.
“It’s really hard to say this, but I didn’t mean what they think I meant,” Barr told Boteach in the audio. “And that’s what so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people, even unwillingly, there’s no excuse.”
Barr became the subject to hate earlier this month for calling Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former President Obama and an African American woman, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” “I have black children in my family,” she told Boteach. “I can’t let ‘em say these things about that, after 30 years of me putting my family and my health and my livelihood at risk to stand up for people. I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff. But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person … a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that.”
Since her original tweet and after the Boteach interview, Barr, who has always held her head high on being provoking and notorious, has continued to attack Jarrett, and retweeted one post that called Jarrett “pure evil.”
“I’m just so sorry that I was so unclear and stupid,” she continued to Boteach. “I’m very sorry. But I don’t think that and I would never do that. I have loved ones who are African American, and I just can’t stand it. I’ve made a huge error and I told ABC when they called me.”
Since the tweet, not only has her show, Roseanne, been annulled but Barr was terminated from her agency ICM Partners and has had reruns of her show pulled from Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. Last week, ABC green lighted a “Roseanne” spin-off “The Conners” without her insertion.“You have to feel remorse, not just repentance,” Barr told Boteach. “That’s just a step towards feeling remorse. And when you feel remorse you have to follow it with recompense,” she said. “You have to take 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.” “I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses,” she continued. “But I apologise 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.”
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