Roseanne Barr has been in damage-control mode ever since ABC cancelled her show after she sent out a tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to president Barack Obama, to an ape.
Her first mea culpa came in an interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach last week in which she wept and said, “I’m not a racist. I’m an idiot.”
“I’m a lot of things, a loudmouth and all that stuff,” a sobbing Barr said. “But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any Black person … a monkey.”
Boteach has now released a second interview with Barr. The two mostly discuss the Torah, but in the almost 80-minute conversation, she also talks about ABC’s Barr-free Roseanne spinoff, The Conners, and her own potential return to television.
Barr clarified that she didn’t ask for compensation for the recently announced series.
“I didn’t ask to be paid off,” she said. “I asked for nothing, and I just stepped away … because that is penance. I put a lot of thought into it.”