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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
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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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91.

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

86 days ago
92.

Lsimon    

I believe that Paul Mooney is suffering from Alzheimer and has been for quite some time but no one has recognized it. he has been seen going into rambling rants for quite some time.

86 days ago
93.

Erica    

Paul Mooney? Good day/Bad day- he's always lame & has never made me laugh. Retire already!!! Luv ya Harv & gang!

86 days ago
94.

chuckdeezul    

SHAME... I HATE THAT WORD!!!!

86 days ago
95.

chuckdeezul    

Bitter old man...

86 days ago
96.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Is he being banned for life?

86 days ago
97.

DiamondLords    

I was there and he asked the guy with the P.A if he was white? Because the crew member asked him if he could say thank you and good bye. He was rude and out of place telling larger women he know they love to eat. Shame to hear and I'm Mexican! When he used the N word the black folks were like hold up!

86 days ago
98.

myopinion    

On the clip that was shown hear shows nothing offensive from a comedian.SMH....Making something out of nothing.

86 days ago
99.

Bkshorti    

Damn, he's a funny comedian. But wtf happened to u forget to take ur meds or did he take sum he wasn't cause that's crazy the way he was acting.

86 days ago
100.

tal0822    

Too funny how the idiot who tweet they wanted to walk out. Really? Over a black guy saying the n-word? Must live in lilly white-ville.

86 days ago
101.

Megagal1978    

I was in the audience yesterday. That was the most disgusting, awkward situation that I've ever had to witness. No one was laughing.... The guy didn't tell any jokes. He just yelled out racial insults to people. Either that, or he'd tell people that they were fat. He had absolutely no material. What a disappointment!! His comedic presence is pathetic and he deserves whatever backlash he gets from this. When Arsenio asked Bill Cosby what he thought of Paul Mooney, Bill just shook his head and covered his face with his hands....what does that tell you?

86 days ago
102.

Roy Roberts    

There is no way The Arsenio Hall show could be surprised that Paul Mooney acted like Paul Mooney. Mr Mooney has been a controversial comics for decades! His act has always pretty much used race as the main theme.
I saw Paul Mooney at the Improv in a Cleveland this year. Maybe some of Arsenio's production staff should have caught a show before inviting him on?

86 days ago
103.

Jerry    

Missed the part in question, Mooney is such an incoherent mess I couldn't sit still for it. Speaking of "black don't crack", this might explain things. I think Paul's like eighty-something.

86 days ago
104.

EastCoastKiller    

OMFG! you people are so stupid. He has been calling people n****s for like decades. Back since he was a writer for Richard Prior, it's part of his comedy. And everyone respects him in the industry. Get your facts straight, bunch of retards lol.

86 days ago
105.

TheJmurpH    

who the **** cares.. TMZ you need to find something else to try and hate on

86 days ago
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