Guests at the recent Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber reveled in the freedom of the coarse, freewheeling format to pummel the pop star. But as is often the case, some of the cruelest taunts were aimed at someone other than the honored target.
When two comics used Paul Walker’s deadly car accident as a punchline, they may have overstepped their bounds—and Comedy Central announced on Monday that those particular jokes would not be part of the telecast when the roast airs on March 30. “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,” a Comedy Central spokesperson said in a statement. “Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”
Trying to zing rapper Ludacris, a Fast & Furious star and singer of the song, “Move, Bitch,” Jeff Ross joked, “‘Move, bitch, get out of the way!’ is what Paul Walker should’ve told that tree… Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?”
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson said, “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!”
After the roast, Bieber told reporters that he wasn’t a fan of the Walker jokes.