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Roseanne Barr maintained during a free-wheeling interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night that her tweet going after former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett was political and not racist.

ABC canceled Barr’s namesake sitcom “Roseanne” in May after she tweeted that Jarrett, who is black and was born in Iran to American parents, looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Barr insisted on Thursday that her comments were not intended to be racist, but were instead political. She described her shock when she first found out that the tweet had been interpreted as a racial epithet.

“The first thing was shock that they were saying it was racial when it was politics,” she told Hannity. “And that was a hard one to take.”

“And then everyone started saying I was a racist, which is the worst thing you could call a Jewish person,” she continued.

At one point during the interview Thursday, Barr appeared to speak directly to Jarrett, saying that she was sorry that her tweet made the former senior Obama aide “feel harmed and hurt.” But she also insisted that her comment was misunderstood.

“Valerie, let’s discuss this,” Barr said. “Don’t assume you know what I meant, because I think you don’t know what I meant, and I would like to make it clearer to you what I did mean.”

But she also added in the interview: “I would tell her she needs a new haircut.”



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