"She's known Trump for 30 years like I have", he told THR. They arrived after Barr's tweet, but before ABC President Channing Dungey's announcement that the show was finished, leading to what executive producer and writer Dave Caplan said were "a lot of bittersweet hellos - and a couple hours later, a lot of very hard goodbyes".
And President Donald Trump finally weighed in on the rapidly unfolding controversy Wednesday, questioning why the head of ABC parent company Disney had called Valerie Jarrett - the target of Barr's racist comments - to apologize, when he hadn't received similar treatment.
She also retweeted a long post by Michael Fishman, who played her son, D.J. In his tweet, the actor bemoaned the impact of Barr's words on the cast and crew and said the show's story lines were often about inclusiveness.
"I don't know anything about it", he told the news outlet. "Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste".More news: Cavs' Love satisfied as strained season leads to NBA Finals
She later tweeted that people should not defend her. They love calling black people monkeys.
Iger previous year quit a Trump advisory council because of the president's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. "That's an absolute fact".
She empathised with Trump's criticism on social media. "As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day". "He believes that. As he perpetuates that fear to America, watch out Mueller is lying, he is after me".
It doesn't take a university professor to point out the history in this country of African-Americans suffering disgusting racist attacks, many of which involve the frightful comparisons to primates. In comparison, TBS can give Samantha Bee a looser leash, because they get revenue from both subscriber fees and advertising.
"This is a double standard that the president is speaking about", Mrs Sanders concluded, "no one is defending her [Barr's] comments, they're inappropriate".