CHRIS ROCK was a presenter at the "NAACP Image Awards" on Saturday . . . and they told him not to tell any JUSSIE SMOLLETT jokes.
He said, quote, "They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. I know. What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here. I'd be [effing] running Hollywood
"What the hell was he thinking? From now on, you're Jessie from now on. You don't even get the 'U' no more. That 'U' was respect. You ain't gettin' no respect from me."
Rock was presenting the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. "Black-ish" ended up winning, and when the cast came up onstage, 19-year-old star YARA SHAHIDI said, quote, "I stand with Jussie."
Jussie was up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, but he lost, interestingly enough, to a JESSE . . . JESSE WILLIAMS from "Grey's Anatomy".