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Wanda Sykes holds nothing back as she finally breaks her silence on the “Roseanne debacle”

The morning we were ready to come back for the second season, I pick up my phone, and it’s blowing up. I’m like, “What is this?” I looked at the Valerie Jarrett tweet, and I was like, “Aw, jeez, I can’t condone this.”

I emailed Bruce and Tom Werner and I was like, “Guys, I can’t be a part of this.” I didn’t hear anything right away. They were probably busy trying to figure out what they were going to do. So then I said: “I’ve got to get ahead of this. I can’t just be silent.” That’s why I said I wouldn’t be going back.

I think she has some issues. She’s said that she had some mental issues. But I don’t know. Here’s the thing. You could be a good person and a racist and not even know it. All racism doesn’t have to be nasty.
Wanda Sykes speaking to The New York Times about the “Roseanne debacle.”

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