"I have to present an award," Rock began. "They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. Yeah, I know, I know. What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here. I would be f**kin' running Hollywood."
"What the hell was he thinking?" he continued. "From now on, I ain't never gonna, Juss… you a Jessie from now on. You don't even get the 'U' no more. That 'U' is respect; you ain't getting no respect from me."
At an emergency court appearance on Tuesday, it was revealed that Smollett would no longer face charges for allegedly filing a false police report in which he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime. The decision to drop charges came less than two weeks after Smollett pleaded not guilty to the 16 felony counts he was indicted on earlier this month.
"I think he's been speaking his truth since he started in this business," the Black-ish star expressed. "We're not even going to talk about what's happened as of recent, but I believe he's always spoken his truth and what better place to speak it than in front of friends and family, you know?"
After his charges were dropped, Smollett thanked his family and friends who stood by him throughout the situation.
"First of all I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me and who have showed me so much love," the actor told reporters. "No one will ever know how much that has meant to me and I will be forever grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of."