Chris Rock Rips Jussie Smollett: ‘What the Hell Was He Thinking?’

Chris Rock was told not to make any Jussie Smollett jokes at the NAACP Image Awards — but he did not listen to that instruction.

The comedian came out to present an award last night but couldn’t resist ripping the “Empire” star just a little bit before handing out the honor.

“They said, ‘No Jussie Smollett jokes’ … What a waste of light skin,” Rock joked. “Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! F**kin’ running Hollywood.”

After some raucous laughter, Rock let the crowd calm down just a bit before continuing.

“What the hell was he thinking?” Rock said. “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!”

Jussie Smollett was not in attendance at the NAACP Image Awards and lost in his category, Best Supporting Actor, to Jesse Williams during an untelevised part of the show on Friday night.