Comedian Jeff Ross Says He Was 'Out to Hurt Feelings' At Roseanne's Roast (VIDEO)
Mere hours before he pushed (almost all) boundaries Saturday with a joke about the killings at July 20's Aurora, Colo. screening of The Dark Knight Rises, notoriously caustic comedian Jeff Ross said he was out to hurt feelings.
"[I'm] going harder than anyone I've ever roasted [tonight], because she represents that," Ross told Celebuzz on the shag carpet at Saturday's Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr.
"She's an unapologetic comedian -- so I think we would be doing her a disservice by holding back. My goal is to hurt her feelings."
What was Ross' 'Dark Knight Rises' joke?
The comedian got the biggest groan of the night inside the R-rated show when he said that fellow roaster and Family Guy star Seth Green resembled James Holmes, 24, the shooter who allegedly took 12 lives and injured 58 others at the tragic midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises.
"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.”
Ross followed up with, “I’m kidding! You’re not like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember.”
Partygoers whispered in the TV taping, which airs Aug. 12 on Comedy Central, that the joke was "not funny" and "offensive." The network has subsequently confirmed that the joke will be cut from the broadcast of the roast.
Ross didn't just raise eyebrows with his mouth: he has worn provocative outfits at past Comedy Central roasts, such as that of a Sacha Baron Cohen-like Dictator suit, and this year he didn't disappoint. His costume: that of now-deceased former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who died in January 2012.
Paterno allegedly looked the other way while convicted pedophile and Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sex with young boys -- sometimes in the Penn State football team's shower.
Two boyish guys with their shirts off, in football helmets and wrapped in white towels, joined Ross, who donned a football coach's jacket, oversized glasses and a ball cap emblazoned with a "P."
Before the show, Ross told Celebuzz he was making "a statement" with the Paterno get-up. Throughout the night, he said repeatedly, "Let's hit the showers."
He made reference to his get-up yet again when asked about the fate of Breaking Dawn -- Part 2's Robert Pattinson, 26, and Kristen Stewart, 22, who are still reeling from Stewart's admitted affair with director Rupert Sanders.
"I don't know much about that. They're adorable, though. Aren't they young? Things happen," Ross said about the pair. "Who am I talk? I'm here with two young boys."
Ross even took a parting shot at our reporter on the red carpet -- even if it was, admittedly, a bit funny.
"I have a new [Comedy Central] show coming out called The Burn, which is even more racist than the Olympics. It's about making fun of people, people like you for instance," Ross said. "You're wearing your uniform from Arby's."
The shirt, for the record, had red and white stripes.
Another controversial comic, Gilbert Gottfried, served as a fellow roaster alongside Ross and Green.
Gottfried was famously fired from his commercial job as the Aflac duck in 2011 after an insensitive tweet about the Japanese tsunami, which killed scores of people. He recently wrote an editorial story for CNN.com defending controversial comic Daniel Tosh.
Of course, the night's main attraction has faced her share of controversy also.
Barr famously butchered the National Anthem in 1990 -- and when booed by the audience, she grabbed her crotch and spit in an apparent side of disrespect.
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