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Jim Cornette comments on NWA departure, says Ethiopia ‘bucket of chicken’ joke was not racially motivated

Jim Cornette has spoken about his NWA departure after making offensive comments during the latest episode of Power. 

The comments were made while calling Trevor Murdoch vs. NWA World Champion Nick Aldis. Cornette stated on the show, “He’s the only man I’ve ever known that can strap a bucket of fried chicken on his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia.”

He addressed the backlash from people on the latest episode of his podcast, The Jim Cornette Experience. He told the story that NWA VP David Lagana called him because they were going to have to apologize because of the backlash. Cornette claimed that he told Lagana that he doesn’t appreciate being part of apologies for things he’s not necessarily sorry for. 

His explanation of the joke dates back to the ’80s where he used it while managing Big Bubba Rogers. He stated that jokes about the Ethiopian famine were popular during that time. 

He also stated that a bucket of chicken sounds funnier as a visual than a plate for sushi. Thus, he made it known that he made the comments from the point of starvation and not based on race. He pointed out that he has told the joke for the past 30 years.

Cornette brought up how the show had been filmed several weeks ago and no one from his fellow commentator to the production team to Lagana, who helped edit the show, never told him that the joke is offensive or that they were going to take it out of the show. 

He also says Lagana told him the comment “passed right by” him while editing the show. 

“I’m not that sorry, cause it was a joke. If you don’t like the joke, that’s fine, and I’d even apologize for a bad joke.” 

Cornette added, “To anyone who was legitimately offended by a bad joke in kinda sort of a way and would accept a reasonable apology, as humans sometimes do, yes, I’m sorry. Because I didn’t intend it that way.”

You can listen to the entire clip by clicking on the player below:


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