Culver City - Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After
being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central
roast, the 21-year-old singer gave a contrition speech.
"I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I
know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around," said
Bieber, whose music has been overshadowed by his off-stage antics, which
include reckless driving, public urination and throwing eggs at a neighbour's
"I've lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am
sorry," he said. "I'm looking forward to being someone who you guys
can all look at and be proud of."
It was a sweet ending to a night of sharp barbs aimed as much at
Bieber as the rest of the roasters. Hosted by Kevin Hart, the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber,
taped on Saturday at Sony Studios, also features Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal,
Martha Stewart and Ludacris. It's set to premiere on 30 March.
"This is like suicide. Why would you do it?" Hart asked
the singer, whom he described as a "huge success that confuses everybody
"The name Bieber has become so offensive, the Washington
Redskins think you should change it," quipped comic Jeffrey Ross.
The roasters - including a surprise appearance by Will Ferrell's Anchorman character Ron Burgundy - jabbed
at Bieber's bad behaviour, his relationship with Selena Gomez, his music and
Perhaps the harshest remarks came from comedian Chris D'Elia.
"You have it all," he said, "except love, friends,
good parents and a Grammy."
Stewart offered Bieber tips for his eventual trip to prison. Snoop
Dogg appeared to smoke a joint onstage after telling the singer his next album
should be called Straight Outta Talent.
Bieber, who was lowered from the ceiling to the stage wearing
white angel wings, gently swiped back.
"What happens when you give a teenager $200m?" he asked.
"You get a bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours."
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