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POP NEWS: ‘Roseanne’ Canceled After Star’s Racist Tweet

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I wonder what Roseanne’s signature laugh sounds like right about now…

Earlier today, ABC announced the cancellation of the revival of the popular sitcom Roseanne, after the titular character, Roseanne Barr, posted a racism-fueled tweet against former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. In the tweet, Barr suggested that Jarrett was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and The Planet Of The Apes. The comedian (appropriately) faced immediate backlash which caused her to delete the tweet and release a statement calling the tweet a “bad joke.” Well, Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, wasn’t laughing and promptly decided to cancel Roseanne. Dungey released a statement which read:

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Many are praising the network’s decision to act so quickly especially considering the show’s success, with over 25 million people tuning in for the season premiere.  Co-star and executive producer Sara Gilbert (Darlene), tweeted:

Before the cancelation occurred, Wanda Sykes, one of the consulting producers on the show, revealed that she quit the show after Barr’s tweet was posted:

A number of other celebs have also tweeted praises of the firm action taken:

The network was not the only one to act swiftly, the Twitterverse has already come up with some clever ways to reformat the show without having Barr play the lead:

It is still yet to be determined if ABC has any ideas involving the rest of the Connors, but for now the show is over. While they may be losing some fans of one show, they are sure to be gaining many more for doing what’s right.

 

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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Elton John And Taron Egerton Performed A Fantastic Duet Of ‘Tiny Dancer’

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The dancer may be tiny but the talent on stage was massive! Taron Egerton and Elton John gave a fantastic performance of “Tiny Dancer” last night at the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to toss on your bedazzled cape and brightly colored sunglasses then boy do I have good news for you. An “epic musical fantasy” about Elton John’s life, entitled Rocketman, is expected to hit theaters in May 2019. Taron Egerton, from Robin Hood fame, plays the musical legend and judging by his performance last night, we are all in for a treat. The audience of the charity event felt like a candle in the wind when Taron suggested an off-the-cuff performance of “Tiny Dancer.” There isn’t even a pun creative enough to embody what the audience must have felt when Elton John himself volunteered to accompany Taron on the piano!

In addition to a truly moving performance, the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised more than $6.3 million for an effort to end AIDS.

Click below to take a look at the magical performance from last night!

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VIRAL: There Is No Room For Love When This Dog Protects His Barney

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I think this dog missed the whole “I love you, you love me” message Barney was trying to teach all those years ago…

In this viral video posted to Twitter, an adorable pup channels his inner Cujo anytime his owner gets close to the Barney the Dinosaur stuffed animal. While the frenzied attacks are comical in themselves, this video should definitely be played with the sound up. While we never see more than the dog owner’s hand, we hear his high pitched screams of terror every time the dog take a lunge.

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