LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Roseanne Barr recently spoke to her spiritual adviser, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, on his podcast, discussing religion and, of course, her recent fall from grace.
Barr was recently let go from her “Roseanne” relaunch on ABC because of a tweet about former President Barack Obama official Valerie Jarrett. The tweet made reference to “Planet of the Apes,” which many interpreted as a racial slur because Jarrett is black. Barr has maintained that she assumed Jarrett was Iranian because that was where she was born.
Barr noted that she has “black children in my family” and “I’m not stupid for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, [I would never had said] they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me. (sobbing) I didn’t do that.”
She was asked if she excused what she wrote.
“Of course, no I don’t excuse it,” Barr said. “I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything. And I said to God, “I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,” and I do, and I have. But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible (crying).”
Much of the podcast, which Boteach said he delayed uploading until Sunday out of respect, delved into the duo’s common background of Judaism. Boteach has been a spiritual adviser to many celebrities, including Michael Jackson.
Barr was originally expected to tell her story on Joe Rogan’s podcast but was apparently still too torn up over the situation to carry through with the scheduled interview.
Full transcript is available here.