- In Rogen’s book, “Yearbook,” he wrote that Griffin went on an “anti-Semitic tirade.”
- “You Jewish motherf—ers run Hollywood,” Rogen said Griffin told him and Jonah Hill.
- Griffin declined to comment for Insider’s story.
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Seth Rogen’s book “Yearbook” is filled with all kinds of celebrity encounters he’s had over the years, ranging from a meeting with Tom Cruise where Scientology came up to running into George Lucas when the “Star Wars” creator was convinced the world was about to end.
But one of the more troubling stories was a chance encounter he said he had with stand-up comic Eddie Griffin in a Las Vegas elevator.
In “Yearbook,” Rogen details he was with his friend Jonah Hill when the two ended up in an elevator with Griffin. The comedian said he was happy to run into them because he had seen “the high school movie” they did, likely referencing the 2007 movie “Superbad,” which they both starred in and Rogen cowrote.
“I’ve been trying to make a movie for a while now, but no one will make it. But they made yours. And you know why?” Griffin asked.”No, why?” Rogen responded.
“Because I’m Black, and you’re Jewish, motherf—ers.”
“Oh yeah, what do you mean by that?” Rogen asked after an awkward laugh.
“I mean, you Jewish motherf—ers run Hollywood, and you only make movies with other Jewish motherf—ers.”
Before Rogen released the book he hinted about this meeting in a 2014 tweet in which he wrote: “Fun Hollywood Story: one time, Eddie Griffin screamed an anti-Semitic rant at me while in an elevator in Las Vegas.”
-Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 19, 2014
Rogen said he then realized Griffin wasn’t kidding.
“This isn’t a joke,” he wrote in his book. “This dude is just going on some anti-Semitic tirade.”
“Sorry, I guess?” Hill said to Griffin, Rogen recounted.
“Don’t be sorry,” Griffin said. “Tell your Jews to let other people make some movies.”
Griffin declined to comment for this story when Insider reached out Monday.
Outside of his stand-up work, Griffin is known for movies like 2001’s “Double Take” and 2002’s “Undercover Brother.”
Rogen’s “Yearbook,” an autobiography told through a series of humorous stories, is on sale now.