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Roseanne Barr says she was ‘Ambien tweeting’ about Valerie Jarrett

Roseanne Barr says she was ‘Ambien tweeting’ about Valerie Jarrett.
Roseanne Barr says she was ‘Ambien tweeting’ about Valerie Jarrett.
Roseanne Barr.Brinson+Banks/New York Times

Twitter can't get rid of her that fast.

Less than 24 hours after tweeting that she was leaving Twitter and apologizing for her comments about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne Barr was back with a stream of tweets and retweets overnight Wednesday, with one seeming to blame the comments on the prescription sleep aid Ambien.

The "Roseanne" star, whose reboot TV show was canceled Tuesday after her comments, began her Twitter return with a series of retweets, sharing posts from Twitter users defending her online.

But her first tweet of the evening seemed to request that Twitter calm down. It has since been deleted.


"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!" she wrote, adding an apology to "the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet."

An hour later, just after midnight, Barr tweeted again, telling Twitter users not to defend her.

Then, Barr seemed to defend herself, or at least try to explain why she acted the way she did. She continued asking others not to defend her.

"It was 2 in the morning, and I was ambien tweeting," she wrote in another set of since-deleted tweets.

"guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please. ty," she wrote.

"I think Joe Rogan is right about ambien. Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I've done weird stuff while on ambien-cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc -," she said in the tweet.

Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, responded on Twitter Wednesday morning, noting that "racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."


Barr's tweets and retweets had continued on through Tuesday evening, a strong indication that she doesn't plan to leave Twitter after all.

"I will also defend myself as well as talk to my followers. so, go away if u don't like it," she wrote. "I will handle my sadness the way I want to. I'm tired of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse."

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.