Insensitive jokes about the late Fast and the Furious star won't air

By Lynette Rice
March 17, 2015 11:10 AM
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The roasts on Comedy Central are designed to push the envelope – but not this far.

The cable network has decided to cut references to the late Paul Walker of The Fast and the Furious fame in its upcoming Justin Bieber roast after jokes about the deceased actor were met with audible groans.

During the taping Saturday, roast veteran Jeff Ross made a reference to the “Move Bitch” song by Ludacris, who also participated in the roast, by saying, ” ‘Move bitch, get out of the way’ is what Paul Walker should’ve told that tree. Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?”

Roaster Pete Davidson of Saturday Night Live also referenced Bieber’s arrest for drag racing over the past year, by saying, “unfortunately, it wasn’t with Paul Walker.” When the audience expressed its disapproval, Davidson replied by saying, “What? He’s doing great! He’s got a movie coming out!”

“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,” said a Comedy Central rep in a statement. “Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”

Bieber even took issue with the off-color yuks. When asked after the night’s material, the pop star, 21, told the press Saturday that “there was a lot of offensive jokes” and that “I didn’t particularly like the Paul Walker jokes.” The roast will air March 30.

There were several other references to hot-button topics at the roast that was taped Saturday on the Sony lot outside of Hollywood. There were numerous yuks about Bill Cosby, three jokes about Bruce Jenner and even a few references to the incidents in Ferguson.

Walker’s final film, Furious 7, premieres April 3.

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