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Recap: The Center Roasts Shane Smith

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Honoring and roasting Shane Smith with the Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communication was undoubtedly amazing with Fred Armisen, Johnny Knoxville, Eddie Huang, and, hilariously new to the scene, Clare O’Kane, roasting Shane. But we're even more excited for the lasting partnership we're building, including a journalism fellowship and mentoring program with VICE. 

The roast was a great testament to the growing impact of VICE with a number of media CEO’s in the room including Discovery’s David Zaslav, 21st Century Fox’s James Murdoch, HBO’s Richard Plepler and former Viacom chief Tom Freston, an early champion of Vice.

If you weren’t able to be in the room yesterday, here are the six best — or at least printable — lines from the roast, courtesy of Variety:

From Tom Freston: Vice Media today “has got a valuation now as bloated as Shane is.”
From Richard Plepler, referring to Vice’s recent special on federal prisons that featured President Obama: “The President called Shane to thank him for the interview and the delightful contact high.”
From Eddie Huang: “Shane is the Genghis Khan of white Brooklyn.”
From Clare O’Kane: “Vice is just Fox News for people who do Molly. If you don’t know what Molly is, it’s the only reason your kids are nice to you.”
From Johnny Knoxville (tie): “You look like a groundhog who roadies for Bob Seger.” Noting Smith’s flair for showmanship, Knoxville predicted the Vice boss would later brag online “about the 30,000 of us who gave you the Media Titan of the Century with the Biggest Dick in Brooklyn Award.”

And the last word went to Shane, who remarked, “Media is probably the greatest single industry you could pick to go into,” Smith said. “It has so much power, and so much responsibility comes with that power.” Read the entire story at Variety.