Audio: Roseanne Barr Offers Partial Apology in Tear-Filled Interview

Roseanne Barr has offered a partial apology for the racist tweet that led to the cancellation of her ABC comedy Roseanne. Barr was roundly criticized for comparing Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape late month and falsely alleging that she had connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. Barr recorded a tearful podcast interview with rabbi-to-the-stars Shmuley Boteach and he aired a recording of the conversation Sunday. “I have black children in my family,” Barr said. “I’m a lot of things: a loudmouth and all that stuff. But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me... I’m just so sorry that I was so unclear and stupid.” Barr also lamented that people didn’t accept her explanation for the tweet, saying the sleeping drug Ambien had “impaired” her. “I don’t excuse it. It’s an explanation,” she said. The sitcom star added: “I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”