by Free Britney at . Comments

Wayne Brady is under serious fire for using Sarah Palin's son Trig and Down Syndrome as a punchline during Comedy Central's Roast of Roseanne Barr.

Brady says he did not write the offensive line in question, but takes "full responsibility" for the joke and says "no malice or harm was meant."

During the roast of Roseanne, Brady said that Sarah Palin hates Jeffrey Ross because he reminds her of "what Trig is going to look like when he's 40."

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Trig Palin, Sarah Palin's youngest son, was born with Down Syndrome in 2008, months before she came the Republican V.P. nominee (above).

Even if it was primarily a joke about Jeff Ross, who also courted controversy for dressing like Joe Paterno at the same event, Brady is apologetic.

Wayne issued a statement on Facebook in which he apologizes to Sarah and her family: "At the end of the day I take full responsibility for saying it."

The comedian said that while "I could defend it as a performer, I would rather apologize from the bottom of my heart as a father."

"To the Palins, please know that no malice or harm was meant. To the other families who were touched negatively, I hope you'll be able to accept this apology as well."

He told TMZ when asked about it this weekend that, "It's a roast, but there are people with sensitivities ... and some people were bothered."

Wayne Brady's Trig Palin joke:



by Free Britney at . Comments

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?


by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Jeffrey Ross arrived for the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr yesterday dressed as Joe Paterno and accompanied by two young boys in only Penn State helmets and a towel.

To many, though, this get-up was actually NOT the most offensive act by the comedian during the event.

Jeffrey Ross as Joe Paterno

Still wearing his costume, Ross took to the podium and addressed a red-haired Seth Greene with a clear reference to alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes:

“Congratulations,” Ross said to Green. “This is actually a really big night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora.”

To a mixture of boos and scattered applause, Ross then added: “I’m kidding! You’re not like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember.”

Zing... ouch... and totally inappropriate?

Ross' attempt at humor came a week after Dane Cook also made a stand-up joke about the incident, although at least Ross focused his quips on Holmes. Cook actually made fun of the victims.

Still, even Roseanne herself said afterward that Ross "crossed the line," adding: “But comedy is about moving the line… And where is the line in a country that has freedom of speech? Maybe there isn’t one.”

Do you agree? What do you think of Ross' jokes?


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