Comedian Chris Rock Disses Jussie Smollett, Calling Him ‘a Waste of Light Skin’

By Melanie Arter | April 1, 2019 | 1:03 PM EDT

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( – Comedian Chris Rock roasted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, calling him “a waste of light skin.”

“They said no Jussie Smollett jokes,” Rock said as the audience laughed. “Yeah, I know. I know.


“What a waste of light skin, you know? You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! F****ing running Hollywood,” he said.



“What the hell was he thinking? “From now on … you’re Jessie from now on. You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ was respect. You don’t get no respect from me,” Rock added.

As reported, Smollett did not attend the Image Awards.

He also lost out to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.


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