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The comedian, who was dressed as Joe Paterno, likened fellow roaster Seth Green to Colorado shooter James Holmes during the Comedy Central event.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, Comedy Central taped its annual roast, this year honoring comedian Roseanne Barr.

The event, which included roasters Jeffrey Ross, Ellen Barkin, Seth Green, Katey Sagal and Carrie Fisher, was tame overall, with many of the jokes focusing on menopause, weight and Roseanne’s infamously difficult personality.

However, Ross let one joke rip that made the Hollywood audience gasp.

While talking about fellow roaster Green, Ross, who was dressed in a Penn State costume as Joe Paterno, made a joke about the recent Aurora, Colo., shooting in a movie theater.

“Seth, congratulations. This is actually a great night for you,” Ross said. “You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora.”

Green has red hair like the alleged shooter, James Holmes.

A "Roseanne"-themed carpet and a controversial joke were just a couple highlights that didn’t make it into the Comedy Central broadcast.

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Comedy Central’s annual roasts of celebrities are always eventful, including the most recent Charlie Sheen extravaganza held last September.

This year’s roast of Roseanne Barr was no different. With Jane Lynch serving as Roast Master and fellow roasters including Ellen Barkin, Seth Green, Wayne Brady, Katey Sagal and Carrie Fisher, the insults were flying. Additionally, Barr’s ex-husband, Tom Arnold, made a surprise appearance to do a little roasting of his ex-wife.

However, some of the most dramatic events didn’t make it onto the broadcast.

The Hollywood Reporter attended the taping of the roast, which was held Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Hollywood Palladium, and can now share some of the juiciest morsels that didn’t make the show.

Here are 5 things that didn’t make it onto the Aug. 12 broadcast on Comedy Central:

1. The Red Carpet Was Roseanne Themed
Instead of the usual plush red carpet that rolls out before the show, a beige carpet reminiscent of the late-'80s, early-‘90s sitcom Roseanne lined the press line. Talent had to literally walk through a front door of a façade that had been built to look like the outside of Roseanne’s house on the show.

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2. Jeffrey Ross Brought Friends
Jeffrey Ross created a lot of buzz by dressing as the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for the show. On the red carpet, he brought along friends: two young men wearing only football helmets and towels around their waists. During the acutal show, Ross performed his roast without his sidekicks.

3. Roseanne Did a Double Take, Threatened to Fire the Audience
Barr, who is very involved with politics and was hoping to get a nomination from the Green Party, entered the room with a "presidential" theme including an entourage of security men. She had to do this entrance scene twice for the cameras. When she finally took to the podium later in the show, she had some tough words for the audience when they laughed at her joke too early.

"Don’t laugh until the end god damn it, or this audience is f---ing fired," she said.

VIDEO: Comedian Jeffrey Ross Attends Comedy Central Roast Dressed as Joe Paterno

4. Jane Lynch Had to Have a Makeup Pause
Barr greeted her fellow roasters with a hug and a kiss, which led to a makeup crisis at the top of the show. Lynch had to stop her opening monologue to get Barr's lipstick wiped off her face. “I’m use to having ladies all over my mouth,” Lynch joked. “Is there anything like a mistake right at the top of the show?” she added.

5.  A Controversial Joke Got Cut
Ross’ shock factor didn’t stop with his outfit. The comedian made a joke about the recent Aurora, Colo., shooting that was deemed too controversial to make it into the broadcast.

“Seth, congratulations. This is actually a great night for you,” said Ross to fellow roaster Seth Green. “You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora.”

Green, like alleged shooter James Holmes on July 20 at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, has a full head of red hair.

“I’m kidding,” Ross continued. “You are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember!”

Email: Rebecca.Ford@thr.com; Twitter: @Beccamford


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