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Though Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen has yet to air, the special has already received criticism for an off-color joke made by one of the celebrity roasters.
Rhode Island comedian Dave Kane is offended by a comment from Jackass star Steve-O that made light of a 2003 fire at a Great White concert in a Rhode Island nightclub that killed 100 people. Steve-O reportedly said at Saturday's taping of the special, "The last time this many nobodies got roasted, at least the band Great White was playing."
The Providence Journal reports that Kane, who lost his 18-year-old son to the fire, is calling the joke an “unwarranted insult and a completely unacceptable and inaccurate description” of the victims. He's asked Comedy Central to edit out the comment from the special.
It seems Steve-O also does not want the joke to air. The Providence Journal quotes him as saying he regrets making the joke and has asked producers to remove it from the special. He adds, "It will definitely not air on television. I feel horrible about exercising such poor judgment and I’m really sorry for upsetting so many people.”
The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen airs September 19, but select clips from the special have been released by the cable network.