What do you get when you have Meghan McCain blasting Roseanne, a rabbi staunchly defending Roseanne, and Behar actually standing up to McCain in defense of Roseanne (just a little)? A bizarre episode of “The View.”
Actress Roseanne Barr, who recently lost her comeback show “Roseanne” after some comments she made, appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News talk show Thursday to apologize for tweeting that senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett was the offspring of a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and an ape, NPR reported.
Barr said later she didn’t know Jarrett was black. And on Hannity, she said she’d made a mistake, which had cost her everything.
“I’ve paid the price for it,” she told Hannity.
She also spoke with her friend Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who defended her Friday on “The View.” He said Roseanne went against her own Jewish beliefs when she said that about Jarrett and was in tearful anguish about it.
“Even after that, and going through the four stages of repentance — acknowledging you made a mistake, publicly confessing it, reaching out to the aggrieved party...and undertaking concrete steps...giving donations to African-American youth charities — she still was not forgiven,” Boteach said.
But McCain was not satisfied with Boteach’s defense of Roseanne, telling him, “I’m a Republican on ‘The View,’ and every day I come on here trying to tell people that Trump supporters and Republicans were nuanced. It’s not just one blanket thing.”
“The problem I have right now is Roseanne is every gross stereotype I’m trying to get people to go away from.”
“I don’t want her to be associated with the Republican party in any way,” McCain added.
But Boteach countered her, explaining, “Roseanne has no history of bigotry, no history of prejudice, no history of racism.”
“She took a picture dressed up as Hitler with cookies that looked like Jewish people from the ovens,” McCain shot back. “That’s not a kind person.”
“I never said Roseanne is perfect and didn’t make serious, serious mistakes,” Boteach contended. “She has elbows. I said she has no history of racism.”
Co-host Joy Behar piped up, pointing out that Roseanne asked for forgiveness on Hannity’s show and “it looked like to me that it was sincere. Do you agree, ladies?”
“Yeah, I mean, my issue is people can choose to forgive what they want,” McCain concluded. “I want her to stay the h--- out of my lane in Republican politics.”
Watch that last exchange below (Parental warning: One swear word if you watch the entire clip):