Paul Walker Jokes Cut From Bieber Roast After Offending Many Including LudacrisPublished on March 17, 2015.
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The point of a roast is to essentially tease, make fun of and mock a person with words -all in the name of good fun and while no one is opposed to this when it comes to Justin Bieber, many have taken issues with late actor Paul Walker being part of the jokes.
Since the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber was taped on Saturday March 14, there have been many previews of what to expect in the skewering of the young pop star which has included others being dragged into the sharp barbs including his ex Selena Gomez and unfortunately Paul Walker, whose friend and Furious 7 costar Ludacris was in the audience.
Although the aim was to tease Bieber, comedian Jeff Ross took aim at Ludacris when he used Ludacris’ own lyrics to take aim at Walker: “‘Move b–ch! Get out the way!’ That’s what Paul Walker should have said to that tree.” As many booed the insensitive ‘joke’, Ross kept going: “Too soon? Too fast? Too furious? Give me a break, people! I’m trying to save this kid’s life.”
Afterwards, another Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson also brought up Paul Walker’s tragic 2013 car crash death: “Just this past year, Justin got arrested for drag racing. Unfortunately it wasn’t with Paul Walker. What? He’s doing great! He’s got a movie coming out!”
Ludacris was visibly unhappy after hearing the jokes and after the taping voiced his displeasure stating “I didn’t particularly like the Paul Walker jokes,” he said backstage.
A statement from the network on Monday March 16 confirmed the Paul Walker jokes will not be included when the roast airs on March 30. “Roasts often push the limits of good taste and we give the participants full reign to try things knowing we have the edit to shape the show. Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”
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