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‘Roseanne Who?': Valerie Jarrett Addresses Barr Controversy

After cracking the joke, Jarrett replied, "Look, in all seriousness, as I've said before, I'm fine - I am just fine"

"Roseanne who?"

Valerie Jarrett's had some fun on "The View" Wednesday when she was questioned about the firestorm comedienne Roseanne Barr created after tweeting about the former Obama adviser in May. Barr's namesake television series has since been canceled in the wake of the tweet and series of events that followed.

After cracking the joke, Jarrett replied, "Look, in all seriousness, as I've said before, I'm fine - I am just fine."

"Now, if one of you said something like that about me, that might hurt my feelings, but this isn't what keeps me up at night," she continued.

"What keeps me up at night are those families being separated on the borders, or our children who go to school worrying about whether or not they're gonna be safe and the parents who drop them off," Jarrett said. "I mean, these are the things that keep me up at night, not a racist tweet. Racist tweets and profane videos, no, not so much."

In a tweet in May, Barr suggested Jarrett, who is black, was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes" — a statement that resulted in widespread condemnation and the cancellation of her television show "Roseanne."

On Thursday, Barr posted a NSFW video to offer up an apparent explanation and apology in which she smokes a cigarette and screams, "I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal. That’s what my tweet was about."

"I thought the b---- was white!" she continued, getting even louder. “Goddamnit, I thought the b---- was white. F—!”

Barr was scheduled to appear on the Fox News show "Hannity" Thursday, her first television appearance since posting the racist tweet, an appearance Jarrett said Wednesday she "won't be watching."

When asked what she "hoped" Barr would say, Jarrett replied, "Less is more. Don't you think?"

"As I said, I think there are just so many issues that are more important," she added. "I won't be watching and I hope you all won't be watching either."

Jarrett also defended former President Barack Obama against criticisms that he should "speak out" more against his successor, saying that his view is that "it's time for all of us to step up."

"He's now a citizen just like all of you and he's spending his time helping the next generation of leaders and I don't think we should just look to his voice all the time," Jarrett said, adding, "Your voices are just as important."

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