Chris Rock was given explicit instructions to not make any jokes about Jussie Smollett at the 2019 NAACP Image Award. And guess what the 50-year-old comic did? He made jokes about Jussie Smollett.

“They said no Jussie Smollett jokes, I know. What a waste of light skin,” Rock said. “You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here! I’d be f–king running Hollywood!”

The 36-year-old earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his work on Empire. Reportedly he flew to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony, but ultimately he was a no show.

Rock later questioned Smollett’s motive and stated he has no respect for the disgraced actor. “What the hell was he thinking? From now on you’re ‘Jessie.’ From now on, you don’t get the u no more. That ‘u’ was respect, you ain’t getting no respect from me.”

The audience seemed to eat it all up, including The Daily Show host Trevor Noah who could be seen cackling in the audience.