Amy Schumer Wanted to Make a Horrible Oscars Joke About the Alec Baldwin Shooting
During a recent comedy show, Amy Schumer revealed one of the jokes she was not allowed to make while hosting the 2022 Oscars — and it's probably for the best the joke was banned.
The canned joke had to do with the fatal, accidental shooting that occurred on the set of Alec Baldwin's movie Rust.
The comedian co-hosted the awards show alongside Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. She landed several jokes during the ceremony. However, she revealed that some were left on the cutting room floor.
Schumer revisited one of the banned ones during a performance at a Las Vegas comedy event.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she set up the joke by revisiting the breakaway viral moment of the 2022 Academy Awards: Will Smith slapping Chris Rock across the face in an unscripted moment on live television.
"It was really upsetting, but I think the best way to comfort ourselves would be for me to say the Oscar jokes that I wasn’t allowed to say on TV,” Schumer said. She added that she was legally advised not to revisit them.
That didn't stop her from sharing an insensitive one about the Rust tragedy: “Don’t Look Up is the name of a movie? More like don’t look down the barrel of Alec Baldwin’s shotgun,” Schumer said.
“I wasn’t allowed to say any of that [at the Oscars], but you can just come up and [slap] someone," she added.
Schumer previously reflected on the infamous slap on social media.
"I think we are all gonna be processing tonight for a while," she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post.
Revisit it below:
Some of her original statement appears to have been edited in the existing post.
"I’m still in shock and stunned and sad," she originally continued, according to Variety. The publication notes that the comedian also wrote she was "waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed."
This is not the first time Schumer has addressed her jokes from the Oscars.
After the ceremony, she took to her Instagram story to explain one that did not seem to land with some of the audience. The joke in question implied that Oscar-nominated Kirsten Dunst was a seat filler.
"Hey I appreciate the love for Kirsten Dunst," Schumer wrote, according to Page Six. "I love her too! That was a choreographed bit she was in on." She added that she "wouldn't disrespect the queen like that."