TV outlets have been scrambling to distance themselves from the “Roseanne” franchise in the wake of controversial tweets by Roseanne Barr, the show’s star. Following ABC’s cancellation of its hit “Roseanne” reboot, reruns of the series have been pulled from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT and Laff.
Laff released a statement today in which it says: “While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Connor, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week. Therefore, we are removing the original ‘Roseanne’ series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately.”
Laff, which bills itself as “the country’s first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock,” runs a lineup of hit sitcoms including “That ‘70s Show,” “Home Improvement,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Night Court” and “Spin City.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed cites a spokesperson for Viacom, which owns Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT, saying reruns of the “Roseanne” revival that were scheduled to run on the channels have been pulled from all three outlets, starting Wednesday.
“Later on Tuesday a Hulu spokesperson also confirmed that the streaming platform would be dropping the show, writing, ‘We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu.'” THR adds.
THR notes that Amazon still holds SVOD rights to all nine seasons of the original series.