White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said President Donald Trump did not intend to defend Roseanne Barr's racist comments in a tweet he sent earlier in the day attacking ABC.
She urged people not to defend her and said of her Jarrett tweet that she was "ambien tweeting" at 2 a.m.
She blamed Ambien again in a later message: "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".
However, Roseanne conceded that there was no defence for her inflammatory tweet and has offered an apology to Jarrett.
ABC chose to cancel "Rosanne" on Tuesday and then suspended its "For Your Consideration" Emmy campaign the following day.
It's been a whirlwind 24 hours for Roseanne Barr, whose hit show "Roseanne" was canceled yesterday by ABC after the star's racist tweet that was directed at Valerie Jarrett, a former President Barack Obama aide. Sanofi, the makers of Ambien, responded to say that "racism is not a known side effect".
Roseanne patriarch John Goodman has broken his silence days after the recent controversy surrounding his co-star Roseanne Barr and the cancellation of the duo's popular show on ABC. Since continuing the show without Barr in the title role still means financial benefits for her as its creator, putting the remaining cast in a new show is something that works for everyone.
"I wasn't gonna get an Emmy anyway", he said.
"Then you've heard more than I have", he said. Perhaps he means the various slams made by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel?
In a series of tweets, Barr first seemed as if she was apologizing for her actions, but later switched to defending herself.
"I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry. Look at her ratings", he said at a speech in Richfield, Ohio.
"I've been up there  times already, and if I didn't get one I'm not gonna get one", the actor added.