“What’s the lady, Laura Ingham?” Rock asked in the clip, mangling Ingraham’s last name. “With all due respect, ma’am, you are the meanest b*tch I ever–”
A very young Ingraham, who was on the set, could then be seen applauding while laughing.
“Yeah, that was 1996 at the Republican convention in San Diego,” she explained. “I think it was one of the first TV appearances I did — oh, no, it was on ‘Politically Incorrect.’ That’s right, it was on ‘Politically Incorrect,’ Bill Maher’s old show. He kind of does this thing.”
“And no violent reaction,” Arroyo pointed out about Ingraham.
“Look at my hair,” she replied. “Most importantly, look at my outfit. That was tragic. Oh my God. Forget what he said. That is shocking to see that after all these years.”
Arroyo said he was glad Will Smith never went to a Don Rickles show, noting that the late comedian once “insulted my pregnant wife and she took it, we laughed and had a great time.”
“Comedy is dead. Comedy is dead,” Ingraham concluded. “Hollywood for the most part is dead. Raymond, I’m so upset I fell asleep before the smackdown. Thank you. And while the Hollywood elites keep the Fresh Prince on his pedestal, his friends in the media are actually turning on him for perpetuating a long-held stereotype about black men.”