Despite the fact that she lost her job, “Roseanne” co-star Sara Gilbert said she stood behind ABC’s decision to cancel the program following Roseanne Barr’s controversial comments about Valerie Jarrett.

Gilbert’s remarks were her first public endorsement of the network’s decision. But soon after Barr suggested Jarrett resembled a character from “Planet of the Apes,” she issued a fierce denunciation:

While appearing on CBS’ “The Talk” on Monday, Gilbert reiterated that she was proud of the show but noted how tough the incident had been on her.

“This has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this,” she said.

Watch Gilbert make those remarks below:

She added that the show had always been about “diversity, love, and inclusion.”

“It’s sad to see it end in this way,” she said.

Actor Michael Fishman, whose character had a daughter on the show who was African-American, similarly said that his character “was designed to represent the inclusive nature of [his] views.”

“Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness,” he said in a statement condemning Barr’s comments:

End of the show statement

Barr, who said she thought Jarrett was white, responded by taking credit for the show’s focus on inclusivity:

“[I] created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it,” she told Fishman.

Both Barr and Gilbert lamented the impact her words had on the show’s cast and crew.

“I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made,” Gilbert added.

Gilbert’s remarks came amid news that she actively pitched a spinoff for her character and that ABC executives planned to meet about potential opportunities.



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