Saturday’s “Comedy Central roast of
“Roasts often push the limits of good taste and we give the participants full rein to try things knowing we have the edit to shape the show,” a Comedy Central spokesperson said in a statement. “Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”
The 21-year-old Bieber said he was disappointed by the Walker references at a press conference following the taping at Sony Pictures in Culver City, California, though roasts are typically not for the faint of heart. Walker was killed in November 2013 in a fiery car accident in Santa Clarita, California.
Rapper Ludacris, who starred with Walker in the “Fast and Furious” films, ranked among those on the Bieber roast dais. Fellow panelists Jeff Ross and Natasha Leggero included one-liners about the late star in their sets.
“I’m not saying Martha Stewart is old, but she needs a new Walker more than the ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise,” Leggero said.
Ross, a fixture at the roasts, taunted Ludacris with his own song lyrics, saying, “‘Move bitch! Get out the way!’ — is what Paul Walker should’ve said to that tree.”
Reps for Bieber and Ludacris have not yet returned TheWrap’s requests for comment.