Kelsey Grammar says Roseanne Barr should be forgiven for racist tweets

Kelsey Grammar thinks Roseanne Barr should be forgiven for posting a racist tweet about Barack Obama's former adviser.

The actor, who appears in new series Proven Innocent, was talking about a possible reboot of his hit sitcom Frasier when he brought up the furore surrounding Barr.

ABC sacked Barr and cancelled her comedy reboot after she compared Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, to Planet of the Apes and linked her to the Islamist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood. Barr later claimed she thought Ms Jarrett was white.

The network later announced it was creating a new comedy series called The Conners, which would reunite the other members of the original show, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.

“I actually really liked Roseanne when it was back with Roseanne. I'm not so crazy about The Conners,” Grammar told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don't mean to be an a**hole about it, but it just seems like the fundamental piece is missing, however that all went.”

When asked if he thinks ABC could have handled the situation differently, he said: “I have no idea. I think people should be forgiven for their sins. Our life is so challenging. How do you ever make amends?”

Grammar added that, should Frasier return, he doesn't want the character to still be living in the same Seattle apartment and thinks the show should focus on his son, Frederick.

“He's the place where we can have a nugget of surprise. We don't know what kind of young man he was going to be. Now he's a 30-year-old, and I have some ideas about him that I think people would really enjoy,” Grammar revealed.