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Jerry Seinfeld Says Roseanne Barr Firing Was ‘Overkill’

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Trump-supporting comedian Roseanne Barr is (kinda) receiving some support from fellow actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld in light of Barr’s firing in May. Barr’s rebooted show on ABC was canceled because of her controversial posts on Twitter, which compared former Obama administration official, Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to Planet of the Apes. Seinfeld, who like Barr had a popular show from the late 80s to late 90s, didn’t defend Barr’s comments but instead contends ABC went too far by firing her when she was clearly on a self-destructive path.

Seinfeld: Barr Was ‘Already Dead’

Seinfeld, who was asked to weigh in while promoting his upcoming episodes of his Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, said he believes the network went too far by ousting her and canceling her show.

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He described her long history of offensive behavior, both in interviews and on Twitter, as self-sabotage. He added the move to fire her was unnecessary and that her show would have collapsed on its own. “I don’t even know why they had to do that,” Seinfeld said. “It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide. I thought the firing was overkill. She’s already dead.” With plans to revive the Roseanne show, Seinfeld said there’s still a way to also save the character.

Roseanne Show Saved, Without Roseanne

After canceling her show, ABC later announced it had ordered 10 episodes of a spin-off Roseanne show, tentatively called The Conners. Seinfeld says Roseanne Barr should still be in the show… at least the TV character.

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“There’s other funny women that could do that part,” he said. “You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job.” Seinfeld has made that point very clear in the past few years.

Seinfeld Is No Stranger To Criticism

Seinfeld himself has been on the receiving end of public backlash, both in the media and on Twitter. In 2015 he caught heat for stating that political correctness is hurting comedy and that college students don’t understand racism and sexism. “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist’; ‘That’s sexist’; ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what the f—k they’re talking about,” he said during an interview.

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But, Seinfeld has also spoken up for comedians who face intense criticism for their jokes. For example, he defended comedian Kathy Griffin in 2017 after a photo depicted her holding a fake decapitated head of President Donald Trump. As other celebrities denounced Griffin, Seinfeld waived it off as a bad joke. “Yes, it was another bad joke. Every comedian tells bad jokes,” Seinfeld said. “We all do it. That’s how we find the good jokes. So someone told a bad joke — so what, I don’t understand the big deal.”

After having weighed in on both controversies, Seinfeld indicated Barr’s fall from grace was much faster than Griffin’s. “I never saw somebody end their entire career with one button push,” Seinfeld said. “That was fresh.”

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