Ludacris Says Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast Went "Too Far" With Paul Walker Jokes & Here's Why
For those who knew him, it's still too soon to joke about Paul Walker's death. Last Friday, Ludacris sat down with Huffpost Live to talk about his experience attending the taping of Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast, which airs on March 30th. Ludacris told host Alyona Minkovski he had a great time at the roast with fellow attendees including Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, and Shaquille O’Neal, among others, who he says traded jokes about each other. According to Ludacris, Bieber's roast got a little out of control with certain jokes that went "too far," and that's to be expected at a roast, he said. However, Ludacris added that the jokes about his Fast & Furious 7 co-star Paul Walker's death were inappropriate, and he's requested to have them cut from the broadcast.
He didn't call out specific comedians, but according to Huffington Post, one of the jokes Ludacris referred to was a joke from Jeff Ross. “‘Move bitch, get out of the way!’ is what Paul Walker should’ve told that tree,” Ross said, “Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?” SNLnewcomer Pete Davidson also jumped in, saying, “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 told Minkovski he didn't appreciate the jokes about his close friend and co-star.
"A lot of people took it too far[...]You know, there were some Paul Walker jokes that I didn't feel like were appropriate. And I was told and promised that they would edit those out...Some of those were over the line," Ludacris said. E! reports that Comedy Central confirmed the jokes about Walker's death won't be aired. "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," a representative from Comedy Central reportedly told E! News."Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast."