Jerry Seinfield on sacking of Roseanne Barr: ‘You don’t need to murder someone who’s committing suicide’

'Roseanne' was cancelled after its star posted a racist "joke" on Twitter

Jerry Seinfeld has shared his views on Roseanne Barr’s sacking in a new interview.

Barr was fired from the recently revived TV show Roseanne after she tweeted a racist “joke” about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

“I don’t even know why they had to do that,” Seinfeld told USA Today. “It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide. I thought the firing was overkill. She’s already dead.”

Asked whether Barr should have been allowed to carry on playing the titular role, he replied: “I don’t really watch that kind of TV so I don’t know much about it.”

He added to ExtraTV that he thought it was interesting to watch the actor “crash and burn.” “All she had to do was press ‘share’ and it was all over,” he said. “So I thought that was kind of cool cos it was different. You know, drugs and sex – those are the usual things. This was something new and I thought it was inventive.”

Earlier this year, the comedian suggested it was “possible” that Seinfeld could return in the future. Now, however, he has cast doubt on that, saying: “I’m not a fan of going back. I like to go forward. Make up something new. I don’t like retreads, I don’t like sequels, I don’t like Throwback Thursday. I like to look at old pictures, but other than that, let’s move on.”