Jeffrey Ross on James Holmes Roast Joke: Not Really Sorry

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During the taping of Comedy Central's roast of Roseanne Barr Sunday, Jeffrey Ross turned to Seth Greene and congratulated him on a "really big night." Why?

"You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora," the comedian joked in reference to alleged killer James Holmes, adding:

“I’m kidding! You’re nothing like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember.”

Yeah. How did he respond to the obvious backlash?

Jeffrey Ross Joe Paterno Photo

Ross admitted that “Yes, I crossed a line" but that this is "what the roasts are all about. That’s what Roseanne is about ... unapologetic comedy."

"If I had held back, I would have done her a disservice."

As for Ross' disservice to the Colorado shooting victims, producer Jonas Larsen has already said the jokes will be cut from the August 12 telecast.

If Ross is at all sorry, he's not exactly showing it.

"In these particular times - it is important to exercise freedom of speech,” he added. “Comedians are apologizing a lot. I am not saying that is right or wrong."

"But it scares me when I start second guessing myself. I wanted to put it out there and remind people what America is about, and on some level, what roasts are about.”

“When I was a kid I said whatever I wanted. It was one of my favorite things about America,” he added. “So now I feel like I am a big kid.”

As for his second most controversial move of the night - dressing like disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno - Ross said he doesn’t care.

What do you think of Ross' jokes about James Holmes?


It's adult fun , if you don't like it don't watch it. Butt out and turn in to the Evangelist bla bla bla siners!


If you are offended by Jeffrey Ross and his jokes turn on some pope TV, like Paula White and pray for HOLEY Molley...I'm tired of reading these messages by the "super sensatives". I'm still trying to figure why you are watching shows that offend you.


A 3rd rate, no talent, neurotic comic. People now hear his name. Maybe he won't have to go back to cooking hamburgers, maybe he will be able to make his lease payment on the Yaris.


A comedian making an inappropriate joke is like a Kardashian making a sex tape. Just a pathetic attempt at getting attention.


you idiots will get offended at anything.
oh boo fucking hoo people died. so fucking what. its a joke. if you dont like it then you better become an hero now cause there are always going to be jokes about shit like this. grow the fuck up.


That is sick. I live in aurora you bastard. That "joke" wasnt funny, you arent funny. Eat a dick.


As a resident of Aurora, and a friend of many of the shooting victims, I can personally say that not only does this man have no compassion for the families and friends, but he is not funny. "In these particular times - it is important to exercise freedom of speech,� So screw you.


He can say whatever he wants. He alone takes the responsibility for what comes out if his mouth. All these people saying he doesn't have the right to say what he wants while clearly making an ass of himself scare me a little. In this country we can say whatever we please, no matter how offensive. Let the guy be the village idiot. If you dont like it then turn your focus elsewhere and spend your energy doing something positive.


You are all cunts. It is not your right to watch a cable program if it offends you, don't watch. This country has no personal accountability.


Screw FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Alot of people don't "realize" that although our Constitution guarantees us this "right" it does not mean we have UNLIMITED use of this freedom to say "anything!" we please! Do so and see if one of these days it doesn't get you in a Libel/Slander lawsuit then come talk to me about FREE SPEECH! The point being, with all this talk recently about our FREEDOMS, LIBERTY, the CONSITUTION, PATRIOTISM etc. started by that WACKED OUT RON PAUL, more and more people are bringing up our Freedoms and Rights and throwing these "words" around in sentences rendering them "meaningless!" Because the fact of the matter is this; In practice, THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS NOT ABSOLUTE (in ANY country including ours! And THE RIGHT IS SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS, as with libel, slander, obscenity, copyright violation and incitement to commit a crime.

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