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Comedy Central to Cut Aurora Shooting Jokes from Roast

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Once upon a time, "South Park" declared that it was A-OK to joke about AIDS, since 22.3 years had gone by since the onset of the epidemic. Whether you agree with that or not, most of us can get on board with the idea that three weeks isn't enough time to have a laugh at the expense of the shooting victims in Aurora, and Comedy Central -- who, coincidentally, airs "South Park" -- agrees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives at the cable network have decided to cut comedian Jeff Ross' jokes about the victims of the Colorado shooting, which he made recently while roasting Roseanne Barr.

The event was filmed on August 4th, and during Ross' speech, he turned to fellow roaster Seth Green and delivered the following zinger:

“Seth, congratulations," he said, "this is actually a great night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora...I’m kidding, you are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember!”

Comedy Central confirmed that they'll cut the joke, such as it is, before the special airs on August 12.