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‘Racism Is Not A Known Side Effect,’ Ambien Claps Back At Roseanne Barr

“I was Ambien tweeting,” said Roseanne Barr of the racist tirade that led to her show's end. But Sanofi US, the company that produces Ambien, isn’t having it.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

After Roseanne Barr suggested that Ambien may have been at least partly responsible for the racist and conspiratorial tweets that led to the cancellation of her recently rebooted sitcom, the drug's parent company also took to Twitter.

"Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me,” Barr wrote early Wednesday. “It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please. ty.”

Sanofi US, the company that produces Ambien, tweeted on Wednesday, “People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

Barr’s tweets have been since deleted, The Hill reports.

Barr’s Twitter rant included comparing former White House aide Valerie Jarrett, a black woman, to an ape; reviving PizzaGate conspiracy theories; and insulting Chelsea Clinton’s appearance.

Some have defended Barr by suggesting that Bill Maher should be fired for comparing Donald Trump to an orangutan, Fox News reported.

[Photo: Roseanne Barr attends the premiere of ABC's “Roseanne” at Walt Disney Studio Lot on March 23, 2018 in Burbank, California. By Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images]

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