Roseanne blames racist tweet on taking Ambien: 'It's a weird drug'
Roseanne Barr is now saying that she had taken Ambien before sending out the racist tweet that got her fired by ABC back in May.
During her appearance on the upcoming season 10 premiere of "The Dr. Oz Show," set to air on Tuesday, Barr sits down with Dr. Oz to discuss her relationship with the drug and likens her behavior while taking it to that of Tiger Woods.
"Well, I've done some weird things on Ambien and I think a lot of people have, too," she explained. "I've heard from thousands of people about it."
"One guy got up and cooked a turkey and ate it," she went on. "That was, like, four hours, if you think about it -- and didn't remember it in the morning. And all the time that happens to me -- when I go up in the kitchen and there's a whole box of Triscuits laid out and eggs cracked on the wall, cheese everywhere. I 'Ambien eat,' like how Tiger Woods 'Ambien drove.' It's a weird drug."
"I actually looked up Ambien and tweeting is not a side effect," Oz replied.
Although Barr admits that "no," tweeting is not a side effect of the pill, she did reveal that she had taken it before sending out a tweet comparing Jarrett to "Planet of the Apes" ("muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," she tweed in May). Her words, which she later said were misunderstood, resulted in ABC firing her and cancelling "Roseanne" after a highly-successful return to TV.
In the days following her initial tweet, Barr had said that she'd been "Ambien tweeting" at the time that she tweeted out the message, which prompted Sanofi, the company that makes the drug, to respond to her comments, saying that racism is not a side effect of Ambien.
"People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world," the tweet read. "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."
ABC will bring back the rest of the "Roseanne" cast in an upcoming spinoff called "The Conners."
Watch Roseanne Barr on "The Dr. Oz Show" below: