A defiant and sometimes rambling Roseanne Barr took to Sean Hannity's Fox News program Thursday and, defiant and humbled in equal parts, said the controversial tweet that led to the cancellation of her popular ABC program was a "mistake" and "it cost me everything, my life's work".
Hannity repeatedly urged Barr to apologise to Ms Jarrett on air.
Barr then added: "Plus, I'd tell her she's got to get a new haircut, seriously".
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Roseanne Barr apologized on Thursday for her controversial Twitter comment that caused the cancellation of her US comedy show "Roseanne", but insisted she had been misunderstood and said the mistake "cost me everything".
She told Hannity: "How would you like it to be sitting in a room with 25 people who think Trump is the worst thing that's ever happened to the United States".
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She said: "I'm not a racist and the people who voted for Trump, they're not racist either, and Trump isn't a racist, sorry. I took a vow with my god that I would always fight extremism".
"You could have knocked me over with a feather when they said she was African-American", Barr told Hannity of the moment when executives from ABC asked her to explain the posting. It was political. And I'm sorry for the misunderstanding that caused my ill-worded tweet. The comedian eventually did, saying that she was sorry for the poorly worded tweet.
"The first thing was shock that they were saying it was racial, when it's political", she said. "And I also said, 'I'm willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel, or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience'". "I said put it out there", she said. "I never meant to hurt anybody".
She offered a difficult-to-follow explanation that involved her feelings regarding former US President Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett's role in devising a nuclear deal with Iran.
Boteach has interviewed Barr extensively following her tweet scandal. It was important for her to atone personally, but also as a "high profile ambassador" as a Jewish woman and a "practitioner of Jewish beliefs".
"I am a creative genius, and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way, and it's not a good feeling for a citizen, either", Barr added. I was so sad that people thought [the tweet] was racist.
During the hour-long interview, Hannity tried to keep his guest on course.