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Sarah Silverman regrets wearing blackface for Sarah Silverman Program joke

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There’s one sketch Sarah Silverman wishes didn’t have a long life.

The comedian and I Smile Back star stopped by Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, and was asked by a caller if there were any jokes she regrets.

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“Yeah, but no, in that I like looking back at stuff I did 10 years ago and cringing. That means I’m growing and changing. I like to be changed by new information,” she said, before bringing up an episode of the Sarah Silverman Program called “Face Wars.”

“Me and the waiter in [a] restaurant, played by Alex Désert, switch [races],” she recalled. “I say it’s harder to be Jewish and he says it’s harder to be black and we switch for the day. And it’s really aggressively stupid and we’re both idiots. I’m in like the most racist blackface and he’s wearing paius and a yamacha and a big fake Jewish nose and he’s wearing a T-shirt that says ‘I Love Money.’ “

After some members of the Watch What Happens Live studio crew laughed, Silverman explained that while the sketch was “great,” the image of her in blackface has now been taken out of its initial context on Twitter.

“I tweeted it when Twitter was new and the people who followed me watched that show and it was from that show. Now it’s forever there and it looks … it’s totally racist out of context and I regret that,” Silverman said.