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Roseanne Barr breaks down sobbing in newly released interview after racist tweet: ‘I’ve lost everything’

An interview Roseanne Barr gave to a celebrity rabbi in the days after her infamous twitter rant was released Sunday, showing a weeping Barr pleading for forgiveness and saying "Iím not a racist. Iím an idiot."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach released the emotional podcast interview, Barrís first since ABC canceled the show Roseanne. Boteach, a longtime spiritual adviser for Barr, asked her why she would write something that was in such "complete contravention" of her Jewish values.

"Iím a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff," Barr said, sobbing. "But Iím not stupid for Godís sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person. . . a monkey. I just wouldnít do that. I didnít do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me."

Barr reiterated her explanation that she was medicated with the sleep drug Ambien when she posted the tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to an ape. The tweet in late May read: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."

Barr told Boteach that she did not know Jarrett was black, an assertion she has also made publicly.

"When ABC called me and said Ďwhat is the reason for your egregious racism,í I said, ĎOh my God, it is a form of racism,í" Barr said. "I guess I didnít know she was black, and Iíll cop to it, but I thought she was white."

"But you still regret and donít excuse what you wrote," asked Boteach, who said he has been friends with Barr for two decades.

"Of course, no I donít excuse it. I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything," Barr responded. "And I said to God, ĎI am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know Iíve done wrong. Iím willing to accept what the consequences are.í"

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Barr added that many refuse to accept her apology. "Iíve made myself a hate magnet," she said.

After Barrís tweet about Jarrett, ABC shut down the revival Roseanne series starring the comedian. When Barr blamed the tweet on Ambien, the company that produces the drug responded saying, "racism is not a known side effect" of any of its medications.

Last week, three weeks after ABC abruptly canceled the show, the network said it has ordered a spinoff centered on the same family, but without Barr attached. The working title is The Conners.

Boteach, who the Post once called "Americaís most famous rabbi," has been a spiritual guide for the likes of Michael Jackson and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. In releasing the podcast interview Sunday, he praised Barr for her "incredibly public and passionate commitment to Judaism."

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After Barrís Twitter rant, Boteach said he "reached out to her and told her that she has a responsibility, in the name of repentance and her commitment to Judaism, to make this right." In the interview, he asked her to affirm that she believes in the Torah values that "every human being is created equally in the image of God."

Breaking down in tears, Barr spoke of her intense remorse: "After your heart is unfrozen and after it stops being broken from the pain you caused others, you stop being a robot and youíve got to come back to God."

Barr said what she did makes her "sick." "I canít defend it. I donít want to defend it," she said. The actress said she had been trying to call Jarrett to apologize to her personally.

"I caused a lot of pain. I know that, and thatís the worse feeling in the world," she said. "I caused pain for my family, I caused pain for my mother, I caused pain to the 200 out-of-work actors that I loved, and the crew and writers. I feel so bad that they gave me another chance and I blew it."

"But I did it," she added. "And what can I do now except for say. . . Iím not a racist, Iím an idiot. And I might have done something that comes across as bigoted and ignorant, and I know that thatís how it came across. And you know, I just ask for forgiveness because I do love all people, I really do."

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