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I think they pulled the plug because they are terrified of a boycott from the 18-49 age group that every advertiser salivates over, especially since their weekly viewership precipitously declined from week to week during the season. Hell - 1.5 million more people watched NCIS than the season finale of Roseanne, even though they both were on the same night.
It's not like Disney executives weren't aware of Roseanne's racist and conspiratorial rants before the reboot, so I'm guessing they were simply using her unhinged ape comparison as an excuse to cut their losses before a second season that would invariably attract far fewer viewers.
Yes, other speculation has been that if they had not acted immediately to cut ties with Rosanne Barr, ABC\Disney would be sucked into Trump World and gotten hit from all sized, those that support Barr (ie trump's base) and the politics\business that do not want themselves associated Racist headlines and Barr\Trump Tabloid trash talking. Trying to thread the needle would have been a catch-22, so they picked a side that they felt was in the best long term interest of the company. It happened before for lesser reasons when a company prefers to have nobody controversial\unpredictable in a position of power.
I am willing defend the show because it was very well written and the rest of cast are very talented people. It was not a reality show, where they were a family playing themselves. It was actors, writers, etc that put the show together, not Rosanne alone.
I think the show was written to be fair toward non-racist trump supporters. Rural lower-middle People, who have been screwed over by big business. AKA, a car manufacturer who employs 50% precept of some mid-west town, and decides to shut down the plant because the car company can get a 25% increase in profits by moving the plant out of the country... Rural trump voters are angry about those kind of things, and blame both Democrats and Republicans for not helping them move forward.
It can be argued that their complaint of being screwed over is not just a natural shift from one industry to and another industry where skilled laborers can apply their skills in a different industry (ie shifting from horse base culture to the Car based culture). For them, it's like getting fired from their job because they have professional labor skills and the shift is to a much higher requirement that they have a Masters degree to earn the same middle class income; its not a lateral shift where everybody wins (they get a better job, better pay), it is a shift that leaves them with less options, and those options are moving down toward lower class than staying in middle class.