A comedian who had appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” “America’s Got Talent,” and other television shows has been fired from Carnival Cruise Lines after a passenger recorded him casually using the n-word in his set.
According to TMZ, a female passenger recorded a snippet of Rob O’Reilly’s set during a cruise. While she didn’t capture his actual use of the racial slur, she did capture him saying, “if you’re offended get tf out.”
The video was shared to TikTok with an on-screen caption reading, “So on Carnival Cruise right now and they are perfectly fine hiring someone who uses the N-word multiple times in his show and when the issue was raised he said and I quote ‘if you’re offended get tf out.'” The statement was met with cheers from the audience.
O’Reilly, who once appeared as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” has been fired and barred from Carnival Cruise Lines. In a statement they wrote, “We do not tolerate this language or behavior. The person in question is no longer welcome on Carnival ships and the rest of his scheduled appearances have been cancelled.”
The passenger named Pamela Frilot—according to Complex, apparently shared additional information on what happened during O’Reilly’s set in a subsequent video. Frilot noted that as is common with many comedy shows—the audience was asked to not record the set. She notes that it was after him using the slur several times that she and a friend started recording.
Past racist tweets from O’Reilly have been unearthed since this incident and they are disturbing.
O’Reilly has not released a statement about the incident or the tweets.