Jeff Ross Dresses Like JoePa for Roseanne Roast

The comedian hit the red carpet dressed as the late Penn State coach with two boys wearing only helmets and towels in tow.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Monday, Aug 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM EDT
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Jeffrey Ross. center, dressed as former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, attends the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Comedian Jeffrey Ross dressed up as the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and hit the red carpet for the Roast of Roseanne Barr on Saturday night.

Wait, that's not all -- he was accompanied by two boys dressed in only towels and football helmets.

Ross told reporters on the red carpet that his reason for dressing as the late coach was to defend his own -- comedians who have been criticized for jokes that the public deemed "over the line," reports the Huffington Post.

"If they're offended by what they see, they can do what Joe Paterno did -- look the other way," Ross told reporters, according to Huff Post.

Joe Paterno died in January, just a few months after he was fired from his position as Penn State's head coach. He was fired for allegedly "looking the other way" when it was reported to him that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children on campus. Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse.

The Roast of Roseanne Barr airs on Comedy Central on August 12 at 10 p.m.

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