Justin Bieber Roast Cuts Paul Walker Jokes From Broadcast
"Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it," a Comedy Central spokesperson tells THR.
Justin Bieber's Comedy Central roast will not include jokes about late actor Paul Walker, a spokesperson for the channel tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“Roasts often push the limits of good taste and we give the participants full rein 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," a spokesperson stated.
Of all the knee-slapping, jaw-dropping moments at the March 14 taping (the show airs March 30) in Culver City, those about The Fast and Furious star, who died Nov. 30, 2013, in a car crash, landed with a thud. After the show, a source tells THR, rapper Ludacris was incensed. And no wonder, he and Walker were friends and castmembers on the Furious films.
Among the jokes, comedian Jeff Ross connected Bieber's driving skills to those of Walker's, cracking, "'Move bitch, get out of the way!' is what Paul Walker should've told that tree. Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?"
A visibly offended Ludacris even motioned to cut at one point during the taping.
"I was so in the moment, I don’t know what jokes hit," Ross deflected when THR asked after the roast if the Walker jokes went too far.