Monday, March 16, 2015

Justin Bieber Wraps Roast with Humility: 'I've Turned a Lot of People Off the Past Few Years'

Justin Bieber Wraps Roast with Humility: 'I've Turned a Lot of People Off the Past Few Years':



Roast of Justin Bieber
Honoree Justin Bieber speaks onstage at The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Justin Bieber's Comedy Central roast was a mostly hilarious affair, until the very end when, following a rebuttal (among the highlights: "What do you get when you give a teenager $200 million? A bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours"; and "a big screen for Kevin Hart is an iPad mini"), the 21-year-old pop star took a moment to reflect on his troubles in recent years.

After some self-deprecating quips -- "I turned a plane into a bong" -- Bieber acknowledged having "turned a lot of people off the past few years." Said the singer: "There was no preparing me for this life. I got thrown into this at 12 years old. There are moments I'm proud of and things I've done that don't define who I am. I look forward to being someone you're proud of. ... I'm excited to see what's next."

Looking in the camera, he declared, "You have my word -- I will not end up broken, pathetic, bitter or sitting on someone else's roast. I'm at a moment of change. This is a new day."

Following the five-hour taping, Bieber spoke with reporters about the verbal beatdown, revealing that the many Selena Gomez jokes didn't bother him. "Everybody was going balls to the wall," said Bieber. "It was whatever."

Although he did note that some jokes -- like those about Paul Walker -- were especially offensive, in the end, it was all in good fun. As for what he's doing next? Bieber told the room of journalists: "I'm going to Vegas ... on my jet, bitch!"

Roast of Justin Bieber airs March 30 on Comedy Central.