Roseanne Barr Attempts to Explain Racist Tweet in Expletive-Filled Rant

The 65-year-old comedian took to YouTube, trying to explain the racist tweet aimed at Valerie Jarrett that resulted in the cancellation of her 'Roseanne' reboot.

Roseanne Barr is attempting to explain the racist tweet that landed her in hot water.

In a new video posted to her YouTube page, the 65-year-old comedian addresses the post she wrote about Barack Obama's former adviser, Valerie Jarrett, back in May, which led to the cancellation of her Roseanne reboot on ABC.

Speaking about Jarrett, who is black and was born in Iran, Barr, cigarette in hand, says to an interviewer off-camera, "I thought that b***h was white!"

"I'm trying to talk about Iran! I'm trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal," she yells. "That’s what my tweet was about. I thought the bitch was white, goddammit. I thought the bitch was white. F**k!"

A source tells ET that the interviewer heard in the video is not Rabbi Schmuley Boteach, who interviewed Barr last month via his podcast. The source notes, however, that Boteach is expected to interview Barr again for his podcast on Friday. 

A few hours later, Barr posted another video to YouTube, titled, "Roseanne Barr's official statement."

"Hi, this is Roseanne Barr and I'd like to welcome you to my own studio, where I'm able to speak for myself to my fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media," she said. "This was my statement from the very beginning and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth. When ABC called and asked me to explain my 'egregious and unforgivable tweet,' I told them I thought Valerie Jarrett was white. And I also said, 'I'm willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel, or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience.'"

"Now, instead what happened was, about 40 minutes after that, my show was cancelled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist," she continued. "Why, you ask? Well the answer's simple. It's because I voted for Donald Trump [for president] and that is not allowed in Hollywood."

Barr's controversial tweet, which read "Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby=vj," has since been deleted, but the repercussions remain, despite her numerous apologies to Jarrett and her Roseanne co-stars via social media.

Last month, ABC greenlit a 10-episode spin-off of the sitcom, titled The Conners, but Barr will have no involvement with the series. The show will focus on the original cast (minus Barr), and is set to premiere this fall.

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