ICM Partners drops Roseanne Barr as client after racist tweet, ‘Roseanne’ cancellation

ICM Partners has dropped Roseanne Barr as a client, hours after the sitcom star sent a racist tweet that spurred ABC to cancel her top-rated sitcom.

“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” ICM Partners said in a statement Tuesday. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency.  Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her.  Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”

Barr signed with ICM last August, just as the reboot of “Roseanne” went into production. Barr has long been known to hold out out-there views on politics and aspects of American culture. The actress has also been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, a character trait that was also given to her sitcom alter-ego, Roseanne Connor.

But the tweet the Barr sent Tuesday morning — which she subsequently deleted and apologized for — crossed the line for ABC from politics to a purely offensive and racially charged insult. Barr slammed former Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, by saying she was akin to a union of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.” The nature of the comment and the steamrolling criticism via social media left ABC with little choice but to part ways with the volatile star.

The decisions by ABC and ICM mark a dizzying downfall for an actress who had long been on the fringe of the entertainment industry but was enjoying renewed clout with the smash success of the “Roseanne” reboot.

The revival of the blue-collar family comedy that aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997 bowed in March to a massive 18 million-plus viewers. The success of the show stunned ABC and the industry at large, and prompted much discussion about mainstream network TV needed to warm up to programs and personalities that appeal to what has become known as the “Trump demo.”

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Here here!! Take stands against racism, hatred, and revolting displays of bigotry. No room for any of that shit her… https://t.co/wTQSFwddWU
Thank you Channing Dungey! https://t.co/VIlKTF9y7Z
Thank you, @ABCNetwork for doing the right thing and for showing people that bigotry and racism has consequences. N… https://t.co/9BWKIyKsmc
So proud of @ABCNetwork for having the ethical compunction to cancel #Rosanne despite the show’s huge numbers. We t… https://t.co/WLJD2AmM1I
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I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret had that racist and bigoted "joke" made at her expense and I am sickened that any… https://t.co/UmeJ0a1sBB
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne… https://t.co/os90iHKQn9
I'm glad Roseanne is canceled. The backlash to its cancellation is going to be a deafening nightmare. Nothing go… https://t.co/CEFBBzkckm
Thank you @iamwandasykes . She is a fascist. What she said about @ValerieJarrett is unconscionable. https://t.co/B6ewu9AVGu
Has Fox picked up “Roseanne” yet?
As for Trump: Is Roseanne useful to him anymore? That, not pique, is likely to drive whether he hugs the issue. I s… https://t.co/Sx7hKoEnp5
Yes you did. #FireRoseanne https://t.co/YcxKUJxscA
Roseanne was making boatloads of $ for @DisneyABCTV. For them to cancel it because of Roseanne’s racist, xenophobic… https://t.co/qe72yl0puq
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