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Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Ricky Gervais all trended on Twitter last night, but not for the right reasons.
The whole conversation happens in a 2011 clip from an unscripted comedy talk show called Funny Talk. C.K., Rock, and Gervais, along with Jerry Seinfeld, appear to just be shooting the breeze when C.K. says, “When a black guy gets rich, it’s a countdown to when he’s poor again.”
“He’s the blackest white guy I fucking know,” Rock responds.
“You’re saying I’m a [N-word]?” C.K. says.
“Yes, you are the [N-word]-est fucking white man I have ever met,” Rock adds.
Gervais looks amused, later using the word himself, while Seinfeld looks uncomfortable.
“I wouldn’t use it anywhere,” Seinfeld quips.
Seinfeld didn’t participate in the racial slur toss at all, something any on Twitter praised him for.
When you’re watching something disappointing, then for the first time in your whole life, find yourself wanting to give props to Jerry Seinfeld. pic.twitter.com/jHkLYc4Qat— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 23, 2018
Jerry Seinfeld said the most intelligent thing in this clip. “You found the humor in saying that word. I haven’t found it. Nor do I seek it”. pic.twitter.com/p5kDubzLkI— MB (@babyitsmb) December 22, 2018
Louis CK and Ricky Gervais dropping the n-word next to/with Chris Rock while Jerry Seinfeld sitting there like pic.twitter.com/IE917a5M3d— Ritz (@Its__Ritz) December 22, 2018
Others pointed out that Seinfeld has his own skeletons.
PICTURED: Jerry Seinfeld dropping his teenage girlfriend off at school after not saying the N-word, 1997 pic.twitter.com/FOiZznxlxd— Moaz (@atmoaz) December 23, 2018
While the other three have been totally roasted.
Me watching that clip with Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK pic.twitter.com/YnJSRFyc30— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) December 22, 2018
Chris Rock + Louis CK + Ricky Gervais = 👇 pic.twitter.com/d0aJu6o1fa— Nina (@Neenz23) December 23, 2018
I saw that video of Louis CK sayin the n word with Ricky Gervais & I never cringed so hard. Chris Rock, what the hell were u thinking man smh. Shout out to Jerry Seinfeld though for having common sense.— Cookie Monster (@Dgebre619) December 23, 2018
Ain’t nothing gon be funny or okay about Louis CK saying “nigger” on stage.— me, a fat 🦋🇬🇾 (@SimoneMariposa) December 23, 2018
I don’t care if he’s performing with Chris Rock or Nat Turner.
That is absolutely unacceptable & will never be funny.
When Chris Rock finds out who leaked the Louis CK tape pic.twitter.com/yHpIG3v5Dk— Trivyon Bland (@tre_indacut) December 23, 2018
The resurfaced tape is a second hit for C.K.’s career, which already experienced rocky waters after he admitted to sexually assaulting multiple women in 2017.
C.K. has been attempting a comeback in recent months, showing up at New York City comedy clubs. While many club owners are eager to welcome him back, he’s been met with protests surrounding his sets. Celebrities and fellow comedians have criticized his attempts, calling him out for his lack of self-awareness and the need to give female comics the chance to perform.
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.