ABC is scrambling following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about a President Obama adviser — and we should all be taking notes on how companies deal with crisis communications. The star’s tweet led to the eventual cancellation of the show, which generated $45 million for the network in the most recent TV season, according to Kantar Media.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment president, released in a statement following her social media comments.
Since then, channels broadcasting her original series stripped the option from their platforms. And Barr’s representation dumped her. No one wants to be associated with the comedian, who just months ago was on the top of her game with her rebooted comedy, Roseanne.
And now we’re left to see the crisis communication teams representing the network — and all who associated with Barr — scramble, in real-time.