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Dane Cook Apologizes

for Massacre Joke

-- 'Bad Judgment Call'

7/27/2012 2:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Dane Cook has issued an apology for cracking a joke about the "Dark Knight Rises" massacre ... saying he regrets telling the joke ... and admits it was a "bad judgment call."

Cook just posted a statement on Twitter saying, "I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened."

"I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims."

As we previously reported, Cook's controversial joke went something like this ... The Batman movie is so bad, had the killing spree not occurred, the people inside of the theater would have been begging for someone to shoot them.

The whole thing went down Thursday night at The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip ... and was captured on tape. The footage was later posted to the website


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I wish people would learn a little about how to craft and apology. Saying "I didn't mean to make light of what happened" when that is exactly what you did, conveys only insincerity and makes the rest of the statement sound insincere. Just say you are sorry, it was a stupid and insensitive thing to say, and thinking back on it, you only now realized the pain it must have caused survivors and relatives to hear such stupidity come out of your mouth. You will learn from this and hopefully come out a better person by learning from this mistake.

Saying you "didn't mean to make light" is NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

819 days ago


He has such a base sense of humor, it's not surprising that he chose this tragedy for a punchline. He's doesn't get a pass on this one.

819 days ago


Ironically, it was probably funnier than any joke that this clown has ever delivered in his entire career.

819 days ago

I won't grow up    

Sorry a**hole you can't un-say something.

819 days ago


Too soon? Yeah, too soon. You aren't funny on a good day anyway.

819 days ago

I am Spartacus    

He knew what he was doing. He hasn't been relevant in a long time after those bombs he made otherwise known as Employee of the Month and Good Luck Chuck.

He knew doing this would get him attention. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Dane is still a douchebag.

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819 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Jokes are usually tasteless. The joke was chuckle worthy in an awkward sense, way too soon, but I'm not going to get my panties twisted--doing so wouldn't change anything, and wouldn't prove anything.

819 days ago


You are still a douche bag. You're only apologizing because of the backlash. You only told that "joke" because you are pathetic and needed attention.

819 days ago


No ill will intended, I'm sure, but VERY bad judgment call, especially with most of the victims not even buried yet (and if if they were, still a bad call).

819 days ago


at least people are talking about Dane Cook again........right?

819 days ago


I was there for Dane Cook’s special guest performance at the Laugh factory (July 25). For the record he asked the audience if they were willing to hear a Batman Movie shooting joke. The audience gave him the OK.

819 days ago


God old fashioned Publicity.

819 days ago


The fact that he did it shows his true character. He is not a good person. He showed who he is. His apology means NOTHING !

819 days ago


Too bad that "apology" came from his publicist and wasn't written or spoken by him.

819 days ago
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