The day after Roseanne Barr’s eponymous ABC sitcom was abruptly canceled because of an offensive tweet, the comedian’s ex-husband weighed in on the downward spiral he believes ended in this week’s developments.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said Barr had grown disillusioned with the series reboot after the first season.
“It had to happen,” he said of the cancellation. “And I am going to tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen.”
Arnold said her “tweets escalated this weekend,” which he said signaled that she was missing a much-needed “shield” to protect her from herself when using social media.
With a cellphone in her hand, he described his ex-wife as a “loose cannon,” adding that he urged her in recent weeks to publicly distance herself from social media amid her increasingly controversial tweets.
He also acknowledged that nearly a quarter of a century after their divorce, Barr might simply be a different person than the woman he knew.
“It has been 24 years, so I don’t know that I know who Roseanne is,” he said. “Everyone has always been scared s***less of her. She is a f***ing a**hole, but so am I. No one ever stood up to her like I did.”