Justin Bieber really wants you to like him again. After being the butt of the joke for hours during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, the 21-year-old singer was contrite: "I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around," said Bieber, whose music has been overshadowed by his offstage antics, including reckless driving, public urination and throwing eggs at a neighbor's home.
"I've lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry," he said. "I'm looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of."
It was a sweet ending to a night of sharp barbs aimed as much at Bieber as the rest of the roasters. Hosted by Kevin Hart, the "Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber," taped Saturday, also featured Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal, Martha Stewart and Ludacris. It's set to premiere March 30.
"The name Bieber has become so offensive, the Washington Redskins think you should change it," quipped comic Jeffrey Ross.
Snoop Dogg appeared to smoke a joint onstage after telling the singer his next album should be called "Straight Outta Talent."
Bieber, who was lowered from the ceiling to the stage wearing white angel wings, gently swiped back. "What happens when you give a teenager $200 million?" he asked. "You get a bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours."
Powerball jackpot leads to good deeds
An actor and stage manager turned Episcopal monk, who pledged last year to give away much of his $153 million Powerball jackpot to support the performing arts, has made his first grant. The Goodman Theater in Chicago has announced that its 2015-16 season will include a five-hour adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's 900-page novel, "2666," underwritten by a grant from the Roy Cockrum Foundation. The foundation was established to support projects at nonprofit theaters that "reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions."
Cockrum, 58, has emerged as one of the more unusual donors in American theater. He studied acting at Northwestern University and worked as an actor and stage manager for TV and theater before entering the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Mass., an Episcopal monastery where he took vows of poverty, in 2003. Cockrum, 58, claimed the largest lottery prize in Tennessee history last July. His winning Powerball ticket entitled him to a whopping $260 million, though he took a post-tax lump sum.