Viewers tuning in for the Comedy Central roast of Roseanne Barr will not see resident roaster Jeffrey Ross’ joke about the recent shooting at an Aurora, CO movie theater. The network will cut the quip, which was met with groans from the audience, from the version that hits the air on August 12.
In his schtick, Ross turned to fellow roaster Seth Green. “Congratulations”, Ross told red-haired Green, according to EW. “This is actually a really big night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora”, a reference to the Aurora killer who also has red hair. “I’m kidding!” Ross continued. “You’re not like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember”. On Howard Stern’s radio show this morning, Ross said he knew that he was likely doing the joke for the live audience only and it won’t make it to air. Comedy Central is still deciding on his Jerry Sandusky pun. Ross, who came to the event dressed as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, ended his roast with “Now I’m gonna take Seth Green and hit the showers”!
Some racy jokes from the roast will likely make it to the broadcast, like roast master Jane Lynch’s “Fuck Chick-Fil-A” line, which Comedy Central just released as a promo for the roast. Also released is a promo with Barr thanking “surprise” roaser, ex Tom Arnold.