Chris Rock on 'Today' Janay Rice Interview: "You'll Show 'Good Morning America' "

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Host Latifah highlighted Chris Rock for penning and directing Top Five. Among his thanks and his confusion on the shape of the award, he also thanked Les Moonves "for having the only awards show without Pharrell this year! Thank god I don't have to listen to 'Happy' right now, I would stab myself!" He also shouted out to Chadwick Boseman, who "played Jackie Robinson, James Brown — if they offer Rosa Parks, say no!" 

Chris Rock somewhat offered Today his congratulations for securing and airing the first part of an interview with Janay Rice, the wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was brutally punched by her husband in a casino elevator in February.

After Matt Lauer congratulated the Top Five director, writer and star on his film's upcoming release, Rock responded, "Today show, you guys are doing good! You got Ray Rice's wife on, man — you'll show Good Morning America! We got the wife on!" Lauer then laughed off the comments, saying, "We should've gone to commercial about 30 seconds ago — too late, my bad!"

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Rock then continued. "We'll show you, Robin Roberts! Matt Lauer's gonna get sick next — watch!" in reference to the GMA anchor's onscreen battle with breast cancer last year. Meanwhile, Lauer put his hand over his face and shook his head.

The comedian also noted that his Top Five character is an "amalgamation of a bunch of comedians," including himself, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker and Eddie Murphy, that he sometimes feels pressure to be funny in all situations including meetings and funerals. He added, "I love being famous — it's almost like being white!"

Top Five hits theaters Friday. Watch the interview below.

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