Regina Hall seems to be fully committed to her acting roles, which has made her nearly 30-year career so successful. But when she was asked to tell a joke on her Showtime series “Black Monday” Hall refused.
The line had to do with Whitney Houston being on drugs, which was the talk throughout much of her career. And that chatter only grew louder in 2005 when the reality series “Being Bobby Brown” aired, which showed some of the dysfunction that surrounded Houston.
The late singer also talked about her drug use to Oprah Winfrey in 2009, where she admitted to being a “heavy” user after filming the 1992 movie “The Bodyguard.”
Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012, by accidental drowning in a bathtub at the age of 48, and cocaine was found in her system, as was marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl.
As for Hall, the actress said she had no interest in relaying the joke about Houston because she didn’t think addiction or having an illness was funny.
“There was a joke, and I can’t remember, but it was a joke I think about drugs and it was about Whitney Houston and I was like, ‘I don’t want to say that,’” Hall told the Hollywood Reporter. “Artists give so much … and so to make fun of what was a challenge and an illness … The great thing about our writers is they were like, ‘Absolutely. We’ll just do something else.’”
Hall’s stance is far different from Chris Rock‘s, who poked fun at Houston in a meme he posted last month. At the time, he shared an image of the singer wearing sunglasses and wrote: “Me sitting in a meeting that could’ve been an email.”
But it’s what he wrote underneath that message that angered fans, and caught the attention of Bobby Brown, who was married to Houston from 1992 to 2007. “Hurry up I got crack to smoke,” read the meme.
Brown shot back and blasted Rock for the post, which has since been taken down.