Jerry Seinfeld calls Roseanne Barr's sacking "overkill": "She's already dead"

Iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld has weighed in on the sacking of Roseanne Barr following a racially-offensive tweet, suggesting the decision was “overkill”.

Barr was let go by US network ABC following her tweet about an Obama-era government adviser last month, with the newly-revived sitcom Roseanne also dropped.

Now Jerry, co-creator and writer of the cult series Seinfeld, has weighed in on the controversy, suggesting that Barr needn’t have been sacked over her comments – since her career was already “dead”.

Speaking to USA Today, Seinfeld said of ABC’s decision to fire Barr: “I don’t even know why they had to do that. It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide.

“I thought the firing was overkill. She’s already dead.”

Suggesting that the show would have collapsed without ABC’s intervention, the stand-up then conceded: “I don’t really watch that kind of TV, so I don’t know much about it.”

Since her dismissal last month, Barr has given an emotional interview and apologised for her comments, saying that she was “unclear and stupid”.

“I never would have wittingly called any black person, I would never have said, they are a monkey,” she insisted.

“I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me.”

Adding that she has made herself “a hate magnet”, Roseanne concluded: “I horribly regret it… I’ve lost everything – and I regretted it before I lost everything.”

While Roseanne will no longer air, ABC announced last week that a new spin-off, tentatively called The Conners, has been ordered.

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