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Chappelle Attack is the “beginning of the end” of comedy

Nothing to laugh about.

Howie Mandel isn’t looking forward to doing stand-up comedy anytime soon.

The 66-year-old admitted he fears for the comedy community Will Smith beats Chris Rock at the Oscars in March and the recent attack on Dave Chappelle Netflix has a joke festival on May 3rd.

“Not to comment on what happened at the Oscars, but I thought that opened the floodgates,” said the Deal or No Deal host E! News’ Daily Pop Wednesday.

“We’re already under attack as comedians to the point of getting canceled for something you don’t like, something you find offensive, something you think is too soon,” he continued.

Mandel continued, “You saw what happened at the Oscars and I thought that just sparks — violence breeds violence. And I think that’s the beginning of the end of the comedy.”

The Canadian comedian also admitted that if he were in Rocks or Chapelle’s shoes, he joked, “I wouldn’t be standing there. I wouldn’t fight back and just run away.”

The slap happened on March 27 at the Oscars 2022.
Will Smith beat presenter Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars on March 27.
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The “America’s Got Talent” judge also spoke extra‘s Billy Bush yesterday on the incident with Chapelle at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this week. The 48-year-old was mugged on stage by 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, who was later booked for assault with a deadly weapon about the attack.

“That hit…no pun intended…that hit very deep,” Mandel said, “Watching what happened to Dave last night confirmed my fear. I kind of saw it live on Twitter and turned to my wife and said, ‘I don’t want to. I don’t want to go on stage. I’m just really scared.’”

Bush also asked the Bullsh*t: The Game Show host if he was planning future comedy tours. Mandel replied, “The love for what we do is waning… Jokes have no safety net now.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 4: Howie Mandel attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 15 premiere at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 4, 2020 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
“You saw what happened at the Academy Awards and I thought that just triggers – violence breeds violence. And I think that’s the beginning of the end of the comedy,” the game show host said.
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“Actually, I’m going to do less because love isn’t as fervent as it was six months ago,” he continued. “Because anxiety is rampant… and I’m a worry-living guy anyway… I’ve been open about my mental health. i am neurotic I suffer from depression.”

Radio shock jock Howard Stern Hollywood torn apart for suggesting that they treat Smith differently than Chappelle. On Wednesday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show, the 68-year-old challenged the double standard.

“This guy jumped on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” Stern said loudly mediat. “As soon as that happened did they make him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No! They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so badly.”

The DJ added, “They f–king beat him up.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/05/howie-mandel-chappelle-attack-is-comedys-beginning-of-the-end/ Chappelle Attack is the “beginning of the end” of comedy

Dais Johnston

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