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 has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Surprisingly, he is not intelligent enough to distinguish between freedom of speech (when and what is appropriate) and plain human TACT and compassion. The guy lacks some depth instead of shallowness.


Would this troll be making a joke about the Colorado shootings if the shooting was in a synagogue? Don't think so and Barr would not have found it to be funny.


Not at all funny this close to the tragedy. Jews can make jokes about the Holocaust, Muslims can make jokes about Allah. That's the rule of great comedy. If anyone ever wants to joke about James Holmes, let it be the victims alone. I have no respect for this level of insensitivity. I am not from America, but I lived there for seven years once. I love your country, and the bulk of your people, but you take this freedom of speech TOO FAR, just as you take your "RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS" WAY WAY WAY TOO SERIOUSLY!! Okay, so I am going to break my own rule about telling jokes now. Have you heard this one? "THE USA IS THE GREATEST INSANE ASYLUM ON PLANET EARTH- RUN BY THE INMATES". Just kidding... ha ha ha lol!


This guy is noted for being one of the most caustic comedians at any roast. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.


Too bad Jeffrey Ross was not one of the victims, since he thinks it is funny. What an ugly troll he is - inside and out.

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