Roseanne Barr is still feeling the fallout from her racist Twitter rant that got her axed from her self-titled hit ABC show, but network execs are trying to soften the blow to her career and stage comeback – even if it means comparing her to Mel Gibson!
“Those talking to her at ABC are using Mel Gibson’s comeback as an example,” a source told RadarOnline exclusively. “His name is being used the most. Basically, if he can come back from that, she can come back from a late night bad joke. But they are not mentioning it was a racist joke.”
As Radar reported exclusively in explosive 2010 audio, Gibson was caught on tape spewing a vile, hate-filled racist rant and he was swiftly fired by his agents and deemed a Hollywood pariah for years. But the blacklisted outsider was let back in in 2016 with his acclaimed film, Hacksaw Ridge.
Now, executives are trying to work with her amid her ongoing social media war that includes her admission that she was under the influence of Ambien when she made the controversial tweet about Valerie Jarrett, one of Barack Obama's top advisers, comparing her to an ape.
Barr later deleted the tweet, but the damage had already been done with comedian Wanda Sykes quitting the show and execs cutting production for good.
According to the source, ABC is “genuinely terrified” Roseanne will release emails and other discussions in support of her before her firing.
“They are making gestures and saying don’t attack us and there will be next chapter for Roseanne, the TV star.
“ABC’s position is she can attack at any moment. But her career isn’t over if she doesn’t attack them.
“So they are trying to create soft landing with options for her.”
As Radar reported exclusively, one of those options is a spinoff.
“Execs are still talking to her to get her permission to do the spinoff,” added the source. “She is the creator so they have to work with her.”
But the network is bracing for the worst from the 65-year-old long-outspoken star.
“She is still planning to go after everyone and release emails,” continued the source.
“ABC execs are on record with her assuring her we will weather the storm. There were deals made with the devil to get her in line and keep her happy from the beginning, even when she was tweeting about Donald Trump.
“In case of an attack, they are trying to tell her to breathe," a source claims. "It will blow over, to put her in a state of calm. But it’s not going to hold.”
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