- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jerry Seinfeld thinks ABC’s firing of Roseanne Barr was “overkill.”

Speaking to reporters Monday about the new season of his show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Mr. Seinfeld said it was interesting that public figures could now be brought down by a single tweet.

“I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “That was fresh.”

Last month, ABC canceled Ms. Barr’s controversial, yet wildly successful “Roseanne” reboot after the comedian compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to a “Planet of the Apes” character. The show, which debuted to more than 27 million viewers, was canceled after just one season. ABC has since announced a spinoff sitcom, tentatively titled “The Conners,” that won’t involve Ms. Barr in any capacity.

Mr. Seinfeld argued that the show would have collapsed on its own under Ms. Barr, who has a long history of making offensive comments.

“I don’t even know why they had to do that,” Mr. Seinfeld told USA Today. “It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide. I thought the firing was overkill. She’s already dead.”

Mr. Seinfeld said another female comedian should step up to fill the role of Ms. Barr’s iconic character, Roseanne Conner.

“I think they should get another Roseanne,” he said. “They brought Dan Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can’t we get another Roseanne? There’s other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job.”

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