- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2018

Disgraced comedian Roseanne Barr broke down in tears in a newly released interview with spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, saying her tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett that resulted in the canceling of her wildly successful “Roseanne” reboot was a humiliating mistake for which she’s prepared to pay the price.

Ms. Barr was widely condemned last month after she compared Ms. Jarrett, who is black, to a “Planet of the Apes” character.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” the comedian tweeted May 29.

Ms. Barr issued an apology and called it a “bad joke,” but the backlash was swift. Her hit ABC reboot, which debuted to more than 27 million viewers, was canceled after just one season.

In an interview released Sunday, recorded the day after Ms. Barr was fired by ABC, the comedian said she felt immense remorse for offending people and giving them the impression that she’s racist.

“You have to feel remorse, not just repentance. That’s just a step towards feeling remorse,” she said. “And when you feel remorse you have to follow it with recompense. You have to take an action in the world — whether it’s through money or other things — to correct your sin. After your heart is unfrozen and after it stops being broken from the pain you caused others, you stop being a robot and you gotta’ come back to God.

“So it’s remorse, and I definitely feel remorse,” she said, choking back tears. “I have black children in my family. … I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff, but I’m not stupid for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, [I would never had said] they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me. I didn’t do that. And if they do think that, I’m just so sorry that I was so unclear and stupid. I’m very sorry.

“I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything,” she continued, still crying. “And I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have. But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”

Ms. Barr, who is Jewish, has previously tried to explain that her offending tweet was a comment on anti-Semitism and had nothing to do with race. In her interview with Mr. Boteach, she said she didn’t even know Ms. Jarrett was black.

“Even though I didn’t have that in my head it came out that way,” Ms. Barr said. “Sometimes you just say the wrong words, and I should have known better. I shouldn’t have done it. I wish to hell I wouldn’t have done it or be more clear with a few letters. I should have been better, and I wasn’t. And I caused a lot of pain. I know that, and that’s the worst feeling in the world. I caused pain for my family, I caused pain for my mother, I caused pain to the two hundred out-of-work actors that I loved. And the crew and writers.

“I feel so bad that they gave me another chance, and I blew it. But I did it,” she added. “And what can I do now except say of course, I’m not a racist, I’m an idiot. And I might have done something that comes across as bigoted and ignorant, and I know that’s how it came across. And you know, I asked for forgiveness ‘cause I do love all people, I really do.”

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