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Wanda Sykes leaving ‘Roseanne’ after Valerie Jarrett tweet

Wanda Sykes says she won’t be back for a second season of “Roseanne” following a racially charged tweet from its star, Roseanne Barr.

Sykes, who serves as consulting producer on the ABC comedy’s reboot, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday:

Sykes’s message came shortly after Barr apologized for posting a “bad joke” on Twitter about Obama-era White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

In a since-deleted tweet, Barr said Jarrett was a cross between “Planet of the Apes” and the Muslim Brotherhood. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials. The message was in response to a tweet accusing Jarrett of helping to “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.

Barr later apologized and said she was leaving Twitter.

Social media users tore into the sitcom star and prominent Trump advocate over the comments, with some calling for ABC to halt “Roseanne” over the controversy.

An ABC spokeswoman didn’t return multiple requests from ITK for comment.

In the reboot of the long-running sitcom, which premiered to record-high ratings in March, Barr stars as Roseanne Conner, a President Trump supporter who’s politically at odds with the rest of her blue-collar family.

Veteran comedian Sykes was asked in February if “as the world has become more PC” whether the “line for what’s funny on [‘Roseanne’] moved” as well.

“The thing about the Conners is they were a Midwestern family who have limited means, and you don’t see that a lot on TV — except for black people. Black people are allowed to be poor on TV,” Sykes told The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh. “But when the Conners came on, it was like, “Here are real people talking about real problems.’ “

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