“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.”
During the taping on Saturday, there were plenty of controversial jokes — ranging in topics from Bill Cosby to ISIS — but several mentioning Walker didn’t land, eliciting groans instead of laughs from the audience. Ludacris, one of Walker’s “Fast & Furious” co-stars, was one of the roasters. The rapper did not seem to appreciate the jokes, making a “cut” motion after one during the taping.
“‘Move bitch, get out of the way!’ is what Paul Walker should’ve told that tree,” roast veteran Jeff Ross said during his set, referencing Ludacris’ hit song “Move Bitch.” “Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?”
“Just this past year, Justin got arrested for drag racing,” said “Saturday Night Live” star and roaster Pete Davidson. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t with Paul Walker. What? He’s doing great! He’s got a movie coming out!”
Even Bieber opposed to references to Walker. After the show, when asked if there was any joke that went too far, the pop star said he “didn’t particularly like the Paul Walker jokes.”
Walker died last year in a car accident. The actor’s “Furious 7” will hit theaters April 3, and premiered last night at SXSW.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.