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Paul Mooney

Hurls N-Word at Audience Member

During Arsenio Taping

5/5/2014 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Legendary comic Paul Mooney got downright racial during a taping of the Arsenio Hall show Monday night ...  spitting the N-bomb at an audience member in a performance that's being hailed as "the most embarrassing, disrespectful standup bombing ever."

Mooney -- who famously appeared on "Chappelle's Show" and wrote for Richard Pryor -- was booked to do a short standup bit on Arsenio ... but rambled on for more than 14 minutes in a bizarre routine that touched on everything from "Roots" to Obama to his admiration of an audience member's giant breasts.

But things really went off the rails when Mooney turned his attention to a black guy in the audience who he called a "bald-headed n**ga."

One person who was there tells us ... the crowd was stunned -- and sat in awkward silence as Mooney tried to transition into different material.

We're told it appeared producers were scrambling to cut him off and end the segment -- but Paul ignored the cues and kept going until a crew member used the P.A. system to interrupt him ... and a staff member went on stage to tell him to wrap it up.

One audience member tweeted about the scene -- saying, "OMG! I just witnessed THE MOST EMBARASSING, Disrespectful "standup" BOMBING ever by Paul Mooney @arseniohall I wanted to walk out!"

Eventually, Arsenio jumped in and helped end the segment in a respectful manner.
update_graphic_red_barThe bit that made air was severely edited down, but you could see that Mooney was rambling and making almost no sense. It ends rather abruptly after about three minutes. Check it out below.

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76.

Passthepeas    

This stupid,insignificant, boring filth mooney is just as racist as a Manheim township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania teaparty redneck.

106 days ago
77.

Netty    

Wow he says that and i don't hear an uproar? Figures! SMH oh i forgot, he can say that because hes black. Thats ****en bull ****, i dnt give a shot what anyone says. Any derogatory word should not be said any ANYONE.

106 days ago
78.

Tom Liebengood    

Stoned on something!

106 days ago
79.

Kevin    

looks like people were laughing and having a good time to me....whats the issue again?

106 days ago
80.

jewelgrl    

That was just sad.

106 days ago
81.

Bob Houston    

There was nothing wrong with what Mooney said. if you're black you totally understand where he was coming from. The segment was not meant for white folk it was a message for black folks.

As an African American I loved it!

106 days ago
82.

sueu    

He was trying to be funny but not all things are funny

106 days ago
83.

Havin' It Both Ways    

I wonder if they'll make him sell his NBA franchise now.

106 days ago
84.

dlj2    

Paul Mooney is Paul Mooney, I saw nothing different than how he has always been.

106 days ago
85.

Lynn    

I thought something was weird about the piece last night. They should have cut it out completely because what they did show, was not funny at all. I was waiting for the punch line and it never happened. Very awkward.

106 days ago
86.

Rome    

In other news....

Paul Mooney is still Paul Mooney. Just older and using a cane now.

106 days ago
87.

kaya ali    

paul mooney is a comedic genius that most white people and even some back people will never get. he speak on deeeeeep issues of race. not just that PC stuff that makes you cry at the movies and has white people going out and adopting black babies so they can "do their part". but the stuff that makes you cringe, the stuff that makes you want to look away, that stuff your afraid of, that truth. he's lived through some of the worst times in this countries history and his performance encompasses that. the changes, or lack there of, from jim crow thru today.

paul mooney never has and never will be "trendy" as you say. trendy is some new generation ish that allows any tom, dick and ignorant fool to be famous without having to have a single once of real talent. paul mooney speak truth to those who can hear it. he makes us laugh when we would have cried. his "fame" comes from connecting with folks on a that level. not entertaining them. if you go to see paul mooney because you want to be entertained, you'll have wasted your $$.

ps: he was recently hospitalized so no wonder he's moving slow.

106 days ago
88.

Mylesg1987    

Wow I bet if he was white and said that he would have been thrown out of the studio.

106 days ago
89.

Safire    

Paul mooney is awesome!!

106 days ago
90.

Mr Barcliff    

TO ALL RACES! THERES A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT MOONEY DOES AND STERLING SAID. TAKE IT FROM A FAIR HUMAN. I DONT THINK STERLING SHOULD LOSE HIS TEAM AND I AM A BLACK AFRICAN LIVING IN AMERICA BY THE WAY!!!! SO, NOTHING CAN BE SAID ABOUT FAIRNESS. YES, I SAID IT, YOU SHOULDNT LOSE WHAT YOU OWN BECAUSE YOU MAKE RACIST STATEMENTS AND MAY ALSO BE RACIST!!! THAT FOR ME ISNT FAIR BECAUSE WE SHOULDNT HAVE TO LIKE PEOPLE WE DONT DESIRE TO. DO I AGREE WITH RACIST IDEAS? NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I JUST LIKE A COUNTRY WERE PEOPLE CAN BE AS THEY DECIDE TO. AS FOR THE DIFFERENCE, WHAT MANY WHO DONT LIKE BLACK AFRICANS AND THAT FEEL BLACK AFRICANS PLAY THE RACE CARD DONT GET IS, THEY HAVENT SUFFERED WHAT OLDER BLACK AFRICANS HAD TO SUFFER. REMEMBER, MOONEY AND OTHERS OF HIS AGE GROUP(60... AND UP) ALL SUFFERED RACISM THAT TODAY SEEMS UNREAL. THEY WERE ALIVE WHEN THERE WERE COLORED(NOT BLACK) WATER FOUNTAINS AND BATHROOMS AND MORE. YEAH, GO AHEAD DISAGREE BUT, IT ONLY PROVES YOUR NOT BEING FAIR. IMAGINE LIVING IN A TIME WERE YOU HAD LITTLE RIGHTS TO NONE EVEN THOUGH THE LAWS SAID DIFFERENT FOR OTHERS. YES, NOW HE SEES THE CHANGE BUT, THE SCARES THIS MAN AND OTHERS HIS AGE SUFFERED ARE EGREGIOUS. A YOUNG WHITE OR ASIAN OR OTHER RACE HUMAN IN AMERICA WILL SEE IT AS RACE CARD PLAYING WHEN AN OLD MAN LIKE MOONEY JOKES ABOUT HIS PAIN. HERES THE ALTERNATIVE, HE GO A HARM PEOPLE PHYSICALLY BECAUSE OF HIS PAIN. IVE BEEN CALLED THE N-WORD, TOLD I DONT WANT YOU IN MY STORE AND WORSE. THIS IS 2014 AND IT STILL HAPPENS. IF YOU DONT LIKE BLACK AFRICANS LIVING IN AMERICA, THAT DEFEATS CLAIMS OF THE RACE CARD, IT PROVES WE STILL FACE SEGRAGATION BUT, ITS INSTITUTIONALIZED NOW. EASIER TO GET AWAY WITH. ONE LADY WHO COMMENTED ON TMZ SAID IN 2014 SHE PURPOSELY CHARGES A BLACK TAX TO BLACK CUSTOMERS IN HER EATERY. SO, UNDERSTAND WHAT PAUL SAYS WOULDNT BE VAILD "IF" WHAT HE JOKES ABOUT DIDNT STILL HAPPEN. TO ME WHATS SAID IS THE LACK OF COMPASSION FOR MOONEY AND THE INABILITY TO HEAR HIS PAIN. TO SAY "HE'S" A RACIST MAKES NO SENSE. ITS LIKE ARGUING WITH A MOLESTED CHILD HOW IT WAS THERE FAULT THEY WERE MOLESTED. LET ME SAY THIS. BLACK AFRICANS ON A WHOLE AGREE WITH ALOT OF WHAT OTHERS RACES AGREE WITH. WHATS UNFAIR ARE THE STEREOTYPES AND LACK OF COMPASSION FOR WHAT BLACK AFRICANS LIVING IN AMERICA DEAL WITH. AS A KID, BEING CALLED THE N-WORD, THEN MOVING UP NORTH, IN NYC BEING CALLED THE SAME BY A POLICE OFFICER. ITS SPIRIT KILLING. ALL MOONEY IS DOING IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH AND IT DOES HURT ESPECIALLY WHEN IT GOES AGAINST THOSE WHO HATE BLACK AFRICANS AND OTHER MINORITIES. THE CURE TO ALL OF THIS IS STOP HATING PEOPLE BASED ON COLOR. MOONEY DOESNT HATE WHITE PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO KNOW HIM KNOW HES SPEAKING OF THOSE WHO A RACIST AGAINST BLACK AFRICANS AND NOT THOSE WHO LIKE ALL PEOPLE AND JUDGE BASED ON CHARACTER, NOT SKIN!!! LGNM

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