Jerry Lewis say wha-??? The beloved comedian has earned his right to an opinion in the standup world, but his latest statement had more than a few eyebrows raised. On Saturday, Lewis left his hand and footprints in cement outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theater and used the occasions to clear up some of his controversial opinions on female comedians. In an interview a few years ago, Lewis set the internet on fire by expressing his distaste for female comedians. He clarified on Saturday, saying that he did in fact enjoy the comedy of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.

Jerry Lewis, Chinese Theater
Jerry Lewis reached a huge milestone Saturday.

Ball “went to the lowest level of the barrel, and she was brilliant because of it,” Lewis said Saturday, according to the Washington Post.

“Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they’re funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that’s going to give birth to a child — which is a miracle,” Lewis said. “But when you have women like Carol Burnett, that’s the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy. I just saw Carol at the Smith Center at home in Vegas, and I was stunned by how brilliant she is and how brilliantly she brings the audience right up to her.”

Jerry Lewis
And he had a lot to say on the occasion.

Well, we’re happy that Mr. Lewis enjoys the comedy of two of the greatest entertainers in history, but… did he just say that women can’t be crude (or funny) because they can give birth? If there was an award for nonsense statement of the week… Lewis might have come in late in the game, but he should be a solid contender.

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