Comedians react to attack on Dave Chappelle at Hollywood Bowl: ‘The joke no longer has a safety net’

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The comedians weigh in on the attack on Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night.

Chappelle was performing at the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival when he was attacked onstage. Police identified the suspect as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee.

Lee was carrying a replica gun with a knife blade inside when he attacked Chappelle during the show, according to police.

The comedians took to Twitter after the attack to share their thoughts.

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Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage while performing at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night.
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Howie Mandel spoke with Extra’s Billy Bush about how the attack on Chappelle will affect his future in comedy.

“Watching what happened to Dave last night confirmed my fear. I was watching it live on Twitter and I turned to my wife and said, ‘I don’t want to. I don’t want to get on stage. I’m ‘really scared.'”

Bush asked Mandel what he planned to do on tour.

“The love for what we do is fading…joking no longer has a safety net,” Mandel replied.

Howie Mandel recently said: "The love for what we do is fading…joking no longer has a safety net."
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Howie Mandel recently said, “The love for what we do is fading…joking no longer has a safety net.”
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“Actually, I’m going to do less because love isn’t as fervent as it was, you know…six months ago. Because fear is taking over…and I I’m a guy who, you know, lives in worry anyway…I’ve been open about my mental health. I’m neurotic. I suffer from depression.”

Tim Young took to Twitter on Wednesday morning and wrote, “We can all thank Will Smith for setting the example that led to Dave Chappelle being mugged onstage last night.”

In March, Smith approached the stage and slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Pinkett Smith has been open about her battle with alopecia.

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Stand-up comedian Tony Baker sent out a tweet early Wednesday morning saying, “Attacking people on stage isn’t going to fly.”

“A guy tackled Dave Chappelle on stage and that guy was immediately stomped,” Baker’s tweet read. “They took his arm off and put it back upside down. That’s what he got. This attack of people on stage isn’t going to fly.”

The suspect in Chappelle’s stage attack was arrested around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday after he allegedly stormed the stage and tackled the comedian. He was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, a rep for Chappelle told Fox News Digital that the comedian refuses to let Tuesday night’s attack “overshadow the magic” of his four performances.

“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl,” his rep said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital. “This race ties Chappelle to Monty Python for the most successful shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans from all walks of life at the first ‘Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival,’ and he refuses to let the last night’s incident overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”

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Will Smith, right, punches presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27.

Will Smith, right, punches presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars on March 27.
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The attack happened towards the end of Chappelle’s stand-up routine. The comedian thanked Busta Rhymes and Jamie Foxx for their help following the attack.

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Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

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