The creator of “Black-ish” is commending his network ABC for cancelling their hit series “Roseanne” but isn’t quite letting them off the hook.
Speaking on a panel at Variety‘s “Path to Parity” summit, Kenya Barris talked about the morning Roseanne Barr’s series was cancelled after she tweeted racist remarks.
“There are moments and things [that] happened at ABC that I couldn’t talk about,” Barris recalled. “But that was the day I woke up, and I was like, ‘F*** this.’ I called my agents and was like, ‘I’m going on [CNN’s] Don Lemon.’ Like, I was going to go crazy. This was insane.”
Barris said he then spoke to ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who asked him to hold off because they were planning on cancelling the show.
While he praised Dungey and ABC for doing the right thing, he added that they were wrong to have gotten into business with Barr in the first place.
“You hired a monster and then you ask why the monster was killing villagers, that’s what monsters do,” Barris said.
Barris and ABC were reportedly at odds over an unaired episode of “Black-ish” from earlier this year that dealt with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.