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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Chris Rock SLAMS Jussie Smollett at NAACP Awards: 'What the HELL Was He Thinking?'
Barnini Chakraborty Jussie Smollett might have been a no-show at Saturday night'sNAACP Image Awards in Hollywood but that didn't stop comedian Chris Rock from blasting the "Empire" star.
"They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes' ... What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I'd be running Hollywood," said Rock, who was on hand to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
"They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes' ... What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I'd be running Hollywood!"
The award was handed out during the untelevised portion of the show Friday night.
Leading up to the event, NAACP Image Awards host and "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson said in light of the charges against Smollett being dropped, he hopes the "Empire" actor will win for his work on the show.
Smollett has been in the middle of a firestorm for weeks in Chicago.
He is accused of staging an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in January in order to promote his career.
He has denied the charges from the start and says two men approached him, beat him, threw bleach on him and tied a rope around his neck before shouting, "This is MAGA country," in reference to President Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."
On Tuesday, the Cook County State Attorney's Office dropped all charges against Smollett, who was previously facing 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report that he was the victim of a hate crime.
After the surprise announcement, Smollett said, "I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’m accused of."