Levar Burton Under Fire For Philip Seymour Hoffman Joke

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Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton is being slammed for comments made on Twitter following the death of Academy Award-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. While most of Hollywood took to social media to express sorrow over the loss, Burton used the actor’s death as a punchline.

“Damn, #PSH was SO talented! However, if y’all should find me dead with a needle in my arm, in my underwear … please put my pants on!”

When Hoffman fans began coming for Burton, he didn’t back down. “No matter how you slice it, PSH wasted a great gift! Lash out at me if you want to … I ain’t goin’ out like that!” Burton went on to say that he knows about addiction firsthand, but wouldn’t reveal additional details.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead inside his Manhattan home on Sunday morning after reportedly overdosing on heroine. Authorities say over 50 bags of the drug were discovered inside the actor’s apartment.


  1. joseph migliore

    February 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Hysterical! Levar is the man!

  2. Kerry

    February 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    As usual, a story, that isn’t a story, gets blown up. It wasn’t that much fire and I am more offended by PSH’s decisions making than I am by a tweet.

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