Tiffany Haddish commented on the decision made by ABC to cancel Roseanne Barr’s show after her racist tweet in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedian, who is known for her frankness and honesty, does not mince words either as she details two encounters she had with Barr and then scoffs at the notion that this behavior was a surprise.
‘She been racist,’ declares Haddish, who then adds: ‘Why’d you all give her a TV show?’
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She ready: Tiffany Haddish (left) says she twice ran into Roseanne Barr (right) around 2000, 2001 when she was visiting a friend who lived in El Segundo, California
She racist: ‘I say, “Hiiii, Roseanne.” She looks at me ( gives a disgusted face), and ran in the house. I thought, “Maybe she don’t want to be bothered today,’ says Haddish (Barr with laurie Matcalf and John Goodman on the Roseanne set)
‘I don’t know if you know El Segundo, but if you’re black and you’re driving through El Segundo, you’re going to get pulled over. I used to visit my friend Anna there, and it got to a point where I was calling the police officers by name,’ says Haddish in the interview.
‘One day, we were walking around the neighborhood, and Anna says, “Oh, Roseanne lives there.” Now, I loved Roseanne, and the next day we walked by, and she was in her yard. I say, “Hiiii, Roseanne.” She looks at me ( gives a disgusted face), and ran in the house. I thought, “Maybe she don’t want to be bothered today.”
‘A week later, we walk by again, and I told Anna — she’s Hispanic, but she looks white — she should say hi this time. So she says, “Hi, Roseanne,” and Roseanne goes, “Hey!” I thought, “Maybe she got to know us.”
‘Then I go back, like, a week later, I wave again and say, ‘Hi, Roseanne! I love your comedy,’ and she ( makes the same disgusted face) and turns her head. I think, “F*** that b****.” That was 2000, maybe 2001, so it’s not new.’
Also on Wednesday, Gayle King said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine that she celebrated when she heard Barr had been fired by ABC.
‘I was doing the hula in my office when I saw the breaking news!’ said King.
‘I’m all for freedom of speech, but freedom of speech comes with some responsibility.’
Barr said she begged Disney-ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood to not cancel her TV show after coming under fire for writing a racist tweet about former President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
In one of her many since-deleted Twitter rants, Barr said she told network executives that she wanted to ‘make amends’.
‘I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs,’ she tweeted.
‘He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: ‘what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.’ I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg.’
She ready: Haddish shared her story in The Hollywood Reporter (above)
‘I also told Ben Sherman that I would go in hospital to check my meds, bc the stress had made them less effective. I begged like 40 motherf—–s. Done now,’ Barr added in the since-deleted tweets.
Minutes later, she tweeted: ‘Get this! they pulled all my reruns and replaced me with COSBY! it’s kinda hilariously gross.’
That was false, as were her previous retweets claiming that ABC executive Vhanning Dungey spoke with Michelle Obama before cancelling the show.
Barr did say she was ashamed that her child co-star Jayden Rey might think she didn’t love her because she is African American, but not until days after the scandal had erupted and the show cancelled.
Roseanne and its star had been front and center at ABC’s upfronts just a month ago, leading the push to lure advertisers.
At that presentation Ben Sherwood, the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, joked about the star’s Twitter.
‘For the record, I have absolutely nothing to do with Roseanne’s Twitter account,’ joked Sherwood.
‘Take a look at her most recent tweet. It was all her.’
Sherwood then displayed a series of fake tweets from Barr, whose son said after the scandal that she would never refer to a black person as an ‘ape.’
That is a lie however, with Barr having called former national security advisor Susan Rice just that in a 2014 tweet.
Roseanne finished the season as the most watched comedy on television.
Alo-HA: Gayle King also revealed in an interview on Wednesday that she did a celebratory ‘hula’ when she learned Barr’s show was cancelled by ABC (King above on Sunday in Canada)
Barr was not the only person whose questionable behavior was brought up in the interview.
Months after Haddish revealed in an interview that a mystery woman bit Beyonce back in December at a party in Los Angeles, the actress has confirmed rumors that it was in fact Love & Basketball star Sanaa Lathan.
‘I’m super good friends with her stepmom and her dad, and they were mad at me,’ Haddish says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
‘They were like, “Why would you do this to the family? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it’s so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career?”‘
Haddish then explains: ‘But I didn’t try to ruin her career. I never said her name! I was just trying to say how Beyoncé kept me from goin’ to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.’
The purported bite purportedly occurred back on December 22 following Jay Z’s 4:44 tour stop in Los Angeles.
Haddish told GQ that she was with Beyonce at the party when the alleged assault went down.
‘There was this actress there that’s just, like, doing the mostest,’ said Haddish.
When asked to give an example of the actress’ behavior, Haddish said: ‘She bit Beyonce in the face.’
Haddish then detailed what happened next, which led to much speculation about who the person could be that bit the singer.
‘So Beyoncé stormed away went up to Jay-Z, and was like, “Jay! Come here!”‘ said Haddish.
‘This b****—’ and snatched him. They went to the back of the room. I was like, “What just happened?” And Beyoncé’s friend walked up and was like, “Can you believe this b**** just bit Beyoncé?”‘
Haddish went on to reveal that ‘a lot of things happened,’ and a short while later she got to speak with the singer.
‘And then Beyoncé and Jay-Z walked by me, and I tapped Beyoncé,’ revealed Haddish, who said that she told the singer: ‘I’m going to beat somebody ass at your party. I just want to let you know that.’
Beyonce told her not to engage in a physical altercation and instead urged the actress to have fun, at which point Haddish was able to snap a selfie with the singer which she posted to Instagram.
‘@beyonce was telling me that my wig was slipping…. But for real she told me to have fun and I DID!’ wrote Haddish, who also got a photo with Jay Z that night.
Lathan responded to allegations that she was the culprit back in March, saying: ‘Y’all are funny. Under no circumstances did I bite Beyonce and if I did it would’ve been a love bite.’
Beyonce’s rep Yvette Noel-Schure – who like her star client is averse to public remarks or comments – did chime at the time, saying: ‘I absolutely cannot comment on any of this, as I have no knowledge.’
Haddish tells THR that her big revelation has had no negative impact on her social calendar, and instead resulted in more invited coming her way.
‘The other day, someone was saying, like, “Oh my God, you should keep your mouth shut ’cause now you’re never gonna be invited to parties,” but I got invited to way more parties after that,’ states Haddish.
‘It’s ridiculous how many parties. “Can you come to my party?” “Can you come to my thing?” They want me to talk about something at their thing ’cause they think, like, “This is gonna put me back on if Tiffany says something.”‘
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