Chris Rock Mocks Jussie Smollett At Image Awards: “What A Waste Of Light Skin”

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Yes, Chris Rock went there.

After saying he was told to avoid Jussie Smollett jokes, Rock brushed off the warning and mocked the embattled Empire actor Saturday night at the NAACP Image Awards.

“I have to present an award,” Rock began. “They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. Yeah, I know, I know. What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here. I would be f*cking running Hollywood!”

In a surprise move Tuesday, Chicago prosecutors dropped all 16 charges against the Empire star for allegedly staging his January 29 attack.

Rock appeared disgusted by the entire ordeal and said Smollett should change his name from Jussie to Jessie.

“What the hell was he thinking?” the comedian continued. “You’re Jessie from now on… You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ was respect. You ain’t gettin’ no respect from me.”

Check out the video above.

Smollett was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s Image Awards but lost to Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy at Friday’s pre-show dinner. Smollett was a no-show at the pre-show as well as Saturday night’s televised ceremony.

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