Courtesy of Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Bieber’s singing career, his brushes with the law and his former girlfriend Selena Gomez were among the main targets during the much-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired Monday.
The roast featured an eclectic roster of celebrities taking turns poking fun at Bieber, including comedians Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress, Undateable star Chris D’Elia, Saturday Night Live standout Pete Davidson, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, rappers Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and host, actor/comedian Kevin Hart.
Here are some of the special’s highlights:
D’Elia, whom Bieber calls his “favorite comedian,” kidded the singer about his blue suit and his hairstyle.
“For a guy worth $200 million, why are you dressed like Sharon Stone in the 90s,” D’Elia joked.
The actor and stand-up comic said of Bieber, “You have it all…except for respect, love, friends, good parents and a Grammy.”
Hart joked that “Ebola patients hear about ‘Bieber fever’ and say, ‘I’m gonna go ahead and ride this one out.’”
Ross joked that he “never roasted somebody with a bedtime before.” He also joked about Bieber’s on-again-off-again romance with Gomez, noting she “wanted to be here, but she’s dating men now.”
After telling the singer, “You have such a huge career behind you,” Ross closed by saying, “You know what Biebs, you’re right. You’re young, talented, you’re famous and that can be a lot of pressure, but you’re a smart man with a good heart and I know you’ll never end up like Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse — respected.”
O’Neal joked, “Justin, as a father of six, you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth-most-hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t rank that low. And he uses your music to torture people.”
Stewart told the singer, “Justin, I’m sure it’s great to have 60 million followers on Twitter, but the only place people will be following you in jail is into the shower.”
Will Ferrell, appearing as his Ron Burgundy character from Anchorman, defended Bieber’s numerous brushes with the law, declaring the pop star is “doing it right.” He then ran down all the incidents, noting, “This kid has spunk, moxie and probably a few other STDs.”
Near the end of the special, Bieber fired back at the roasters.
“I turned a lot of people off the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything around,” he said. “You have my word I will not end up broken, pathetic, bitter or sitting on the dais of somebody else’s roast.”
The singer then got serious. He said he was “thrown into this at 12 years old” and that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. He then apologized for his past behavior, declaring, “I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people, and through it all, I lost some of my best qualities.”
He added that he’s “looking forward to being someone that you guys can all look at and be proud of.”
The special was taped on March 14.
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