See the Will Smith Joke Larry Wilmore Cut from His White House Correspondents' Dinner Monologue

Larry Wilmore Cut Will Smith Joke from White House Correspondents' Dinner Act
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05/04/2016 AT 04:55 PM EDT

It may have seemed like Larry Wilmore didn't hold back when he delivered a White House Correspondents' Dinner monologue taking shots at everyone from Donald Trump to President Obama himself. But apparently the Nightly Show host left a few zingers on the cutting room floor.

Including one about his "boy" Will Smith.

Asked by The Washington Post if he killed any jokes "because they went too far," Wilmore replied, "I just thought the tone was wrong and I knew the tone of some of the jokes I had was harsher than the ones I was already telling."





"Like, I had a Will Smith joke in there where I thanked him and Jada for not boycotting," he said, referencing the couple's controversial decision to skip the 2016 Oscars. "I cut that. I was like, 'I'm not going to throw shade at Will Smith right now. In this room, he's my friend. Why even attempt to throw shade at this point? That's my boy.' "

The comedian added that he also cut a second joke about Brian Williams because the audience "hated the first one. Why should I do another one?"

Wilmore did, however, use Smith's name to set up another harsh punchline. "Will Smith is here from the upcoming movie Suicide Squad," he said at the WHCD. "By the way, not to be confused by the new Jeb Bush documentary, Suicide Watch."
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