George Lopez chose to make a racially charged joke in response to the cancellation of his TBS late night show. The jibes at his TV network bosses came on Wednesday’s penultimate episode of his short-lived talk show.
After announcing that his show, “Lopez Tonight,” would not be renewed, Lopez told his studio audience,
“The unemployment rate is high, and for Latinos, it just got a little higher!”
But his most interesting comment came when he continued, “I did get some good news this morning. Sony announced their doing a sequel to the Smurfs movie. So today, I lost some work because I’m brown, but also I got some work because I’m blue.”
George Lopez was referring to the voice he provided for one of the movie’s characters.
He joked that he would join other fired TV stars like Charlie Sheen and hit the crack cocaine, as a way to lose his excess weight.
“But I’m taking it good, I’m straight, believe me. I’m fine,” he said.
Really? So that’s what you call taking the news well?
George Lopez let his audience know that he’ll be touring with music legend Carlos Santana in the coming weeks.
“We’re not saying goodbye, we’re saying, ‘Cable doesn’t work.’”
But what of the firing? The show had been moved back an hour from its original 11pm slot to make room for Conan O’Brien last year. Since then, its audience was down 40 percent from its second season, averaging a poor 546,000 viewers nightly.
O’Brien voiced his sympathy for Lopez on his own show. He acknowledged that sacrifices Lopez made had enabled his own show to succeed in the vacated spot.
“I owe that man a lot,” he admitted.
TBS issued a statement Wednesday saying: “We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air.”
Stars like Roseanne and Angie Harmon, expected to appear on his show next week, sent their support to George.
But what do you make of George Lopez’s accusations of racism being behind the cancellation of his show? Sour grapes? Or does he have a point?