Video: Halle Berry's censored anti-semitic joke

They had to censor it. If they’d aired it, they’d be complicit in disseminating it and people would want to know why they hadn’t cut it. So she benefits from NBC’s CYA, which is annoying.

Evidently some audience members thought so too because they spilled the beans to Page Six:

According to one audience member, “She introduced the first photo by saying, ‘Here’s where I look like my Jewish cousin!’ – it was a picture of her with a huge, distorted nose. No one laughed, and Jay nervously said, ‘I’m glad you said that and not me.’ When the show aired, they cut out her ‘Jewish’ comment and added a laugh track to the bit.”

Another guest in the audience told us, “If you watch the clip, you can see Halle saying the word ‘Jewish,’ though obviously there is no audio. NBC covered her a–. Ms. Berry should know how unbelievably inappropriate her comment was . . . She should be ashamed of herself.”

Berry, 41, who sounded like she was near tears, told Page Six last night: “I so didn’t mean to offend anybody – and after the show I realized it could be seen as offensive, so I asked Jay to take it out, and he did.”…

Berry, who even offered to call Page Six’s source and apologize in person, said, “It was just a lighthearted segment that was meant to make fun of myself. There was a picture where I said I looked like Monica Lewinsky and one where I said I looked like Jay. It was just supposed to be a silly segment. I am so sorry, and I apologize.”

It’s at the beginning of the clip, around -9:05. She sounds contrite and of course she benefits enormously from the Beautiful Idiot stereotype. “Halle Berry doesn’t know that jokes about Jewish noses are offensive? Huh. Well, she is hot.”

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David Strom 8:41 PM on March 20, 2023