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Howie Mandel admitted he would likely tour less after the attack on Dave Chappelle in the middle of the comedian’s performance on Tuesday night.
Mandel explained during an interview with Extra’s Billy Bush what his biggest fear was after Chappelle’s attack and Will Smith’s attack on Chris Rock at the Oscars.
“It hit…no pun intended…it touched very deeply,” the ‘Deal or No Deal’ host explained when Bush asked how the attack on Chappelle made him feel.
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“My biggest fear 40 years ago was not to laugh, that someone wouldn’t like what I was saying, that someone might be offended and confront me on the outside and tell me ‘You know, that joke was really offensive.’ And then the cancel culture came in. Then it was like, ‘Oh my God, if someone doesn’t like your joke or you go over the line, you could lose your career.'”
“And then after the Oscars…violence triggers violence,” he added, referring to Smith’s slap in the face after Rock told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
“And it’s a step that kind of opens the door and triggers somebody that if they don’t like what you’re saying, or if they’re offended by what you’re saying…that’s pretty good because that it’s meant to be violent, and that’s what I was afraid of.
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Mandel, who hosts the new “Bulls — The Game Show,” said Chappelle’s attack “confirmed” his fears.
“And then watching what happened to Dave last night confirmed my fear. I turned to my wife – I was sort of watching it live on Twitter – and I turned to my wife and said: ” I do not want. I don’t ‘I don’t want to go on stage. I’m just really scared.'”
Chappelle was attacked by an audience member while performing onstage at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested 23-year-old Isaiah Lee in connection with the attack. An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital that the suspect was carrying a replica gun with a knife inside. Lee was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Due to the attack, Mandel admitted he was going to “do less” when it came to touring.
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“I’m actually going to do less because the love isn’t as fervent as it was, you know, six months ago,” the ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge revealed. “Because fear overrides. And I’m a guy who, you know, lives with worry anyway. I’ve been open about my mental health. I’m neurotic. I have depression.”
“The night after the Oscars, I didn’t sleep for two nights and, you know, I really didn’t sleep, and it hit my heart, no pun intended, and then when I looked what happened last night… We’re just trying to make people smile, we’re just trying to make people laugh – it’s the opposite of violence, and it’s just… I don’t have no words.”
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