Roseanne Barr was in a feisty mood when she appeared as the first guest on right-wing media personality Candace Owens’ new YouTube talk show, and the former “Roseanne” star yet again unleashed a barrage of controversial comments.
Then on Tuesday night, TMZ caught up with Barr at LAX where she clarified her remarks.
Barr explained that she did not intend to imply in her original comments that all women who allege they have been sexually assaulted are “hos.”
She then added, “I think there’s a lot of women that shouldn’t be going to their boss’ hotel room at 3 a.m. for career advice, and if your daughters don’t know that much you better educate them. That’s not what you do.”
During the wild hour-long interview with Owens earlier this week, the 66-year-old comedian blasted Brett Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (she “should be in prison”), Democratic Congresswoman Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez (she “hates Jews”), presidential candidate Kamala Harris and former TV co-stars Sandra Bernhard and Sara Gilbert, insisting she “went to bat” for them with the network when execs felt they were “too ugly to be on TV.”
She also addressed her firing and the controversial tweet that has made her a Hollywood pariah, insisting the tweet — in which she compared African-American former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to “Planet of the Apes” — was “mischaracterized,” and was meant to be a political comment on the Iran nuclear deal.
“We had already established for quite a while that the Iran deal by the Obama administration had strengthened and empowered a government who has less than no regard for its women or its citizens,” she explained. “And so we had said, it’s like ‘Planet of the Apes’ there,” she said.
She also reiterated her earlier argument that taking the sleep-inducing drug Ambien led to the offending tweet. “It was Memorial Day, I had a couple of beers and I took an Ambien,” she told Owens. “So I woke up out of a dead sleep at 2 a.m. and I’m like, ‘I’ve got it! I got the words that are gonna put the whole thing into perspective and save the world.’ And I sent that tweet. I should have reversed it and it was a total impaired tweet. It disguised what I meant.”
Barr also attacked the #MeToo movement. “They’re pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favours for money,” Barr said of the women who have accused men such as Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Asked if she feels the same way about the women who accused comedian Louis C.K., she replied, “That’s who I’m talking about, too,” adding, “I know a ho when I see one.”
Barr also took a shot at Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, focusing out on the fact that she once dated former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. “Look at Kamala Harris, who I call Kama Sutra Harris,” she said. “We all know what she did… she slept her way to the bottom.”
Moving on to Dr. Blasey Ford, Barr said “she should be in prison,” insisting the only reason she wasn’t in jail was because of “white women privilege.”
However, Barr saved some extra vitriol for her former co-stars and a fellow female comedian, blasting Sandra Benhard, Sara Gilbert and Kathy Griffin.
“When I went to bat for Sandra, Kathy and Sara to get them on TV — because I gave them all their TV jobs… you know what people at the networks told me? Those girls are too ugly to go on TV,” she told Owens.
“And I said this is so incredibly sexist. Look at me, I’m no beauty. You can’t take talent, for a woman, and reduce it to their facial flaws. Are you sh***ing me?”
However, in light of their subsequent statements denouncing Barr, she has now changed her mind. “Nowadays, I’m like, you’re right. They are too ugly to be on TV,” she said, pointing to their “ugliness inside.”
“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson suggested Barr’s remarks are a cry for help. “I’ll say this… I don’t know what she said, I just heard about what she said,” Anderson told TMZ on Sunday. “But what I heard… some people need help.”