UPDATE: Comedy Central announced today that comedian and "Glee" star Jane Lynch will serve as Roseanne's Roast Master this August.
"I've long fantasized of ripping Roseanne Barr a new one. But because I don't have the cajones to say anything offensive to her face, I will be hosting the proceedings," said Lynch in a press release.
This brings an end to "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane's three-term run as a Roast Master for the roasts of Charlie Sheen (2011), Donald Trump (2011) and David Hasselhoff (2010).
Lynch will be the third female Roast Master in the history of Comedy Central's programs. Previously, Lisa Lampanelli and Kathy Griffin served as Roast Master for Larry The Cable Guy and Joan Rivers, respectively.
PREVIOUSLY: Comedian and unlikely presidential candidate Roseanne Barr will be roasted on Comedy Central this summer, making her the first woman to be roasted by the network since Joan Rivers in 2009.
Comedy Central announced in a press release today that the roast will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 4 and premiere the following weekend. With the date and Twitter hashtag set in stone, it's now up to the network to put together the perfect dais of comedians to relentlessly mock the 90s sitcom star on national television.
From the press release:
"Although Roseanne appears to be a demure, soft spoken woman eternally committed to the status quo, we believe under the surface is an explosive, trail-blazing cultural revolution. We are honored to Roast her,” said Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production at Comedy Central. “Celebrating Roseanne’s unprecedented achievements in comedy and television will surely inspire us to make this roast more reminiscent of the classic roasts, where the intimacy of friends jousting with each other came through."
When asked about the Roast, Roseanne remarked, “All I can say is good luck finding anything about me to make fun of... I mean, I've never made a mistake or offended anyone in my life!”
Once roasted, Roseanne will join the ranks of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff and other notorious figures who received the honor before her. It being an election year, Roseanne's current bid for President of the United States is likely to be a hot topic for the comedian roasters.
The roast will premiere on Sunday, August 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
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