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Last week, the "Roseanne" revival debuted on ABC to a whopping  8.1 million viewers. After three days of additional viewing, that number went up to 21.9 million.

To no one's surprise, the sitcom starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Alicia Goranson and Michael Fishman has already been renewed for a second season.

But amid Roseanne's success, ABC has some tricky talent on its hands — Roseanne Barr, a Trump supporter in both the show and in real life, is tweeting conspiracy theories.

"She was tweeting about President Trump breaking up child sex trafficking rings," said Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan, "a conspiracy theory known as 'The Storm,' that has been sort of shared on the website 4chan... It's not a real thing and it's kind of troubling when the star of a hit TV show is tweeting out ideas like this."

But is there anything the network, ABC can do about it?

This isn't the first time Roseanne has done this. She's also tweeted inflammatory views about Muslims. Horrific personal attacks against Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton's aide. 

The question is, to what extent does a mainstream broadcast TV network get involved in these issues of partisan politics? Both in terms of what it shows over its airwaves and in terms of what its talent is saying out there in the universe.


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