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this is "nightline." >> tonight, roseanne roars. a day after her show was canceled over a racist tweet, roseanne's twitter erupting insisting she's not a racist. lashing out at her costars. the response from president trump. and "nightline's" revealing interview with the comedian now taking on new meaning. >> i call them my fans. people who love to hate me. plus beat your heart out. ♪ not a day wasted when you're backstage with tiesto, one of the hottest deejays alive. >> the crowd is always wild and sometimes they are really wild. >> now partnering with major musicians. how he's staying true to his unconventional roots.
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kardashian west wing. it was only a matter of time. kim k. in arm's reach of the presidency. this was no reality show. the serious reason for her white house summit. but first the "nightline 5." digestive advantage helps you stay strong with digestive issues. and 12 rowdy campers. the protein shell survives stomach acid 100 times better. where billions of other probiotics can struggle. digestive advantage. ♪ ♪ >> number one in just 60 seconds. >> number one in just 60 when the worst oil spill hit san francisco, first responders went to work. and mayor gavin newsom, he went to hawaii.
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man: newsome left the day after the spill for a four-day vacation in hawaii. the same gavin who said his job as lieutenant governor was so dull, he only showed up for work at the state capitol one day a week, tops. gavin's not gonna work as governor.
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good evening. thank you for joining us. roseanne's twitter exploding today with the mix of apologies, anger, accusations, and fan support. she says she regrets the racist tweet that got her show canceled, but some questionable remarks today are continuing to stir the pot. something she's done her entire career. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: today, roseanne barr was diant, defeg what's lefof her lacy. i'm not a racist, i ver was, and i never will be, she wrote. one stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting for civil rights for all minorities, against networks, studios, will never be taken from me. just the latest chapter in a long history of courting controversy. >> this wasn't just one tweet for roseanne. she has a history of tweeting things that are inappropriate. >> reporter: this time it was this tweet about obama aide valerie jarrett. muslim brotherhood and planet of
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the apes had a baby equals v.j. it cost her big-time. on tuesday our own network, abc, canceled roseanne's show, calling her views abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values. the highest-rated new sitcom on television gone in a flash. so today on "the view" roseanne was a hot topic. >> that tweet came from you. that's yours. you did this to yourself. >> what she said was blaet tantly, patently the definition of racism, very black and white. >> this is not about being a conservative, okay? this is about you being a racist. >> reporter: for her part roseanne barr furiously apologized, attacked, and backpedalled. she's fired off more than 200 tweets since losing her show. despite an apology, she's retweeted images of a character from "planet of the apes" alongside a picture of valerie jarrett.
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after costars condemned her remarks as abhorrent, reprehensible, and intolerable, barr lashed out accusing them of throwing her under the bus. at one point she even blamed ambien for her valerie jarrett tweet. the drug company sanofi, which makes ambien, shot back, "while all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any sanofi medication." >> she also compared susan rice to an ape. and that was in 2013. roseanne's history with these sort of remarks in regards to african-americans had already been documented, and yet the network decided to reboot her show anyway. >> thank her for her service. >> reporter: roseanne's show seemed to fill a void in the country's deep political divide, connecting with americans from the flyover states and with trump voters who felt network tv wasn't representing them.
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>> jackie? would you like to take a knee? >> reporter: stan zimmerman was one of the writers on the original series. >> there's something about the characters in the conners that i just felt comfortable in. i wanted to hear their points of view on different matters. and unfortunately now those voices may be cut off for good. >> reporter: it was inclusive, topical, and blunt. this episode won praise from the director of the council on american islamic relations for opening a dialogue about laum owe phobia. >> i'm fatima and this is my husband samir. >> that was so rude, i'm jackie, roseanne's sister, a certified life coach if you're having trouble assimilating -- >> not now, jackie. >> reporter: over 27 million people watched the first episode of the reboot. it lost a powerful voice now. >> this show had the struggles of people who live paycheck to paycheck. there aren't many shows like that on tv anymore. that's what made this special. now that it's gone, i wonder
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what shows they're going to turn to. >> reporter: viacom, hulu, and the laugh network announced they're pulling reruns of the original "roseanne" show from syndication effective today. roseanne has been here before. >> i'm one of these people that i call them my fans, people who love to hate me. >> reporter: her star has risen and fallen before. spectacularly so. in 2011, she sat down with "nightline" to talk about that. >> do you feel like you've sold your soul to become famous and you've paid a price for it? >> yeah, that's the deal that all celebrities make. they decide, well, these are safe topics that i can speak out on. >> there's a photo spread of you that pushes the edge a little bit, the hitler moustache, baking cookies in the shapes of jews? >> no, people said it was in the shape of jews but it was not jews. it was palestinians. >> reporter: her unflinching humor was the signature of the original "roseanne" show in the '80s and '90s. >> are you ever sorry we got
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married? >> every second of my life. >> reporter: a single episode reached 36 million viewers. >> nobody had ever looked like her, had that viewpoint on tv. >> first we send the phone bill and forget to sign the check. >> she had to fight to get her voice on the tv in the first place. >> reporter: she was a bona fide cultural icon. >> becoming a symbol of something is hard. >> reporter: the original show was also widely known as hollywood's unhappiest workplace. >> "roseanne" has been a notorious figure in television for decades now. on the original version of her show, a revolving door of writers, people would get hired and fired and hired and rehired. it was a chaotic set. >> reporter: zimmerman can attest to that. >> they decided we'd each get a numbered shirt. this was their joke. that they could fire us by just pointing to a number and never having to learn our name. they thought that was funny.
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♪ o say can you see >> reporter: it all started to unravel the night she sang "the star spangled banner" at a san diego padres game. >> do you want to sing it? >> no, i'd rather not. no go ahead. now i just laugh at it. >> reporter: when it was over she grabbed her crotch, spat on the ground, and walked off. >> it was horrifying. i knew i started too high about the fifth note in. and i thought, well, at least i'll try to make it funny. >> you're smiling through the whole thing. >> i felt like crying. then abc called me. we don't know if we're going to cancel your show, we have to wait and see what happens. and i was like, oh my god, i'm going to lose every single thing i've worked for. >> it was disgraceful. >> reporter: contrast president george h.w. bush's response to that scandal, to the response today from president trump. so far, trump has neither condemned what she said nor come to her defense.
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what he has done is make it about himself. quote, bob iger of abc called valerie jarrett to let her know abc does not tolerate comments like those made by roseanne barr. gee, he never called president donald j. trump to apologize for the horrible statements made and said about me on abc. maybe i just didn't get the call. >> no one is defending her comments. they're inappropriate. but that's what the point that he was making. >> reporter: today in the briefing room the white house press secretary insisted the president was calling out abc for a double standard. >> where was bob iger's apology to the white house staff for jamel hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist, to christians around the world for joy behr calling christianity a mental illness? >> reporter: for the record, hill and behar both faced repercussions. espn suspended hill for violating the company's social media policy. and behar called vice president pence to apologize and issued an
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on-air mea culpa. >> i sincerely apologize for what i said. >> america was divided before "roseanne" came on, america will be divided long after the show is canceled. this is who we are and what we're about in 2018. what does set this apart is now you're going to be held accountable. >> reporter: roseanne has thrown away her second chance at a hit sitcom. >> i know you can do this. >> reporter: she probably won't get another. the secrets of the electronic dance with the world-famous deejay tiesta. ♪ it's the details that make the difference. only botox® cosmetic is fda approved to temporarily make frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines look better. it's a quick 10 minute treatment
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tonight we take you inside one of the hottest electronic dance shows on the planet. but the world-famous deejay tiesto, whose beats are engineered to make you lose control. here's abe's zachary kiesch. >> are you ready to party? >> reporter: on a saturday afternoon in las vegas, this is the mood. ♪ thousands of people leaving their problems behind under the desert sun. and they're all here for this guy. he goes by tiesto. for them, he's something like a god. >> the crowd is always wild and sometimes they are really wild. it's like next level. and then you see water splashing. there's different levels of wildness here in vegas. >> reporter: his beats drop barriers and inhibition.
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some people call it a religious experience. for others, it's out of body. our cameras were granted all access. inside the life and times of a celebrity deejay. >> salud! >> here in las vegas i play probably 30 weekends a year. and it's never the same. every week, there's people from all over the world. they all have a different vibe with them. when they all come together and mix together, it's a great cocktail. >> reporter: at 49 years young, not a day beyond his prime, the grammy award-winning deejay and producer is an international superstar. making the "forbes" list of highest-paid celebrities, banking $39 million last year alone. over the last two decades tiesto has risen from underground or underdog to certified platinum, topping the electronic charts with hits like "wasted." ♪ i like us better when we're wasted ♪ >> reporter: and "red lights." ♪ red lights
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>> you refer to yourself as a commercial underground deejay, you know what i mean? you're flying private, man, i don't know if you can say you're underground. >> i feel like i'm a commercial underground deejay because i never had that commercial appeal, like to have top 10 hits. but all my music is known in subcultures. it's known in colleges or dance festivals. everybody knows tiesto. but i never had like 20 hits like beyonce had, for example. >> reporter: he became a force in the u.s. by remixing classic ballads into dance anthems. sarah mclachlan's "silence." ♪ silence >> reporter: to john legend's "all of me" which would earn him a grammy. ♪ all of me loves all of you >> reporter: today redefining the dance music genre with a new wave of collaborations. like this one, "boom" featuring gucci man.
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♪ boom boom boom >> i had the instrumental. i approached him if he wanted to do a feature on it. and he was down. ♪ wanna kick it jackie chan >> reporter: for his newest tune, "jackie chan" with post malone. >> i personally discovered him before he had these big hits. it's been great. >> it's a special moment, we're seeing different collaborations in a way maybe we haven't seen in the past. but you haven't been shy about maybe your concern that the genre is watered down if it's not done right? >> yeah. you could easily lose your identity. you think -- i feel like for me, it's always important to stay dance music no matter what. because that's what i am. i mean, dance music forever. it's in my blood. so i always try to make music that stays foot to the floor. >> have you got it all timed out? >> all timed out. >> 55 seconds. >> and i walk right out there.
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>> begin counting. ♪ >> go! >> you got this. ta care. ♪ >> reporter: tiesto is like a psychologist without the ph.d. in the lab his process revolves around the crowd and their connection. he curates the vibe and then almost effortlessly cuts them free. when i see you do your thing, i feel like you really have strong kind of emotional intelligence. you know what the crowd is feeling and you have a vision for where you want to take them. >> yeah, absolutely. so it starts off really kind of hard. like get the energy out because everybody's excited. then i try to slow it down and bring it more emotional music in. ♪ wanna kick it jackie chan >> reporter: one of the byproducts of his success, including a residency at mgm's
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nightclub, it's allowed him to open doors and lift up the next generation of deejays. they call you the godfather. >> yeah. >> how do you process that? >> i noticed when i got older and social media opened up, i really started to have more connection with different deejays. >> reporter: he's a good judge of tone and potential. he discovered a 15-year-old martin garicks on twitter. >> i was in my bedroom making music. and out of nowhere i see tiesto is following you. what? he sends, i love your trick. then next thing i know we're talking on skype about feedback for the song. >> reporter: at this point his record speaks for himself. early on he dropped a banger "animals." the tune that would propel him onto the global stage. >> i started making music and fell in love with electronic music because i saw tiesto in the olympics.
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2004. >> afterwards he played olympics as wells, like sul firm. >> he texted me on the day, ryan, i'm proud of you. >> reporter: a nonstop, no-sleep schedule. but the weekend's just getting started. just hours after deejaying an afternoon party at wet republic, he's off to headline this year's electric daisy carnival. >> it's special to play in front of 120,000 people. that never gets old. >> reporter: tonight performing a tribute to his friend and understudy avicci, who died last month. ♪ >> he was so loved by everybody. he was one of the guys that made dance music but also created a whole new genre by himself. >> reporter: the tragic loss leaving an undeniable void in the edm world, the larger music community, and perhaps in the man who saw avicci's potential early on. >> how do you find balance in your life? >> i always live in the present. i live by the day. i don't think too much about
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tomorrow or about yesterday. that's the only way i can stay sane, actually. >> reporter: in the moment it's there. you get a sense there's a mindset, a mentality that keeps him on top. all gas, no brake. >> i have a list of people i would love to work with. kanye west is on that list. a lot of other people. but it's just -- yeah it happens in the moment. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm zachary kiesch in las vegas. next, the surprise kim/trump summit at the white house today. hear that sizzle? yeah. red lobster's lobster & shrimp summerfest is back! get all the lobster and shrimp you crave, together in so many new ways. there's new cedar plank seafood bake. tender maine lobster and shrimp, cedar roasted to perfection. or new caribbean lobster and shrimp. sweet pineapple salsa on grilled rock lobster, paired with jumbo coconut shrimp.
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man: newsome left the day after the spill for a four-day vacation in hawaii. the same gavin who said his job as lieutenant governor was so dull, he only showed up for work at the state capitol one day a week, tops. gavin's not gonna work as governor. i thought after sandy hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. it has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. dianne feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new assault weapons ban. say no to the nra and yes to common-sense gun laws. california values senator dianne feinstein
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reality star nownfluencing public policy from the oval office. yes, that's kim kardashian on her way to meet with white house officials about prison reform. it all started when kim saw this video by mike on social media. >> i made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money. >> kim pushing for the pardon of alice johnson, a 62-year-old grandmother behind bars for decades over a drug offense.
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>> life without the possibility of parole for your first time nonviolent offense? there's just something so wrong with that. >> how did her meeting go? president trump tweeting tonight, great meeting with kim kardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing. and kim kardashian tweeting she's optimistic about miss johnson's future. thank you for watching "nightline." and as always, we're online on our "nightline" facebook page. thanks for the company, america. good night. when the worst oil spill hit san francisco, first responders went to work. and mayor gavin newsom, he went to hawaii. man: newsome left the day after the spill for a four-day vacation in hawaii. the same gavin who said his job as lieutenant governor was so dull,
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he only showed up for work at the state capitol one day a week, tops. gavin's not gonna work as governor.


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