Comedy Central will be cutting a joke told by Jeffrey Ross from the Roast of Roseanne Barr when it airs on Sunday, Aug. 12 because it refers to the Aurora shooting and alleged murderer James Holmes. Ross was heckling fellow comedian Seth Green when he compared him to the alleged shooter.
"Seth, congratulations. This is actually a great night for you," Ross said according to the Hollywood Reporter. "You haven't gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora."
Seth Green was also there to roast Barr and was picked out by Ross for his red hair. Ross was comparing Green's hair to the dyed orange hair of James Holmes.
Ross went on to say that he was only joking. He then added, "You are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember!"
Dressed as the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Ross was aiming to offend audiences, as most of the comedians who participate in roasts do. In 2007, Jimmy Kimmel made a comment about the late Chris Benoit during the Roast of Flavor Flave. Days after, Benoit killed himself after murdering his wife and son, Kimmel said that Benoit was a better father than Flavor Flave.
The Hollywood Reproter claims that a Comedy Central spokesperson said the edited version of the roast will not include the Aurora joke when it airs on Aug. 12. The joke will most likely be included in the uncensored version of the program, which Comedy Central typically airs in the late night timeslots.
Ross isn't the first person to be criticized for making humorous remarks about the Aurora tragedy. Playboy model Tricia Evans posted a controversial tweet the day of the shooting, writing "I heard the new Batman movie is really "to die for"! Too soon?"
I heard the new Batman movie is really "to die for"!