NEW YORK (WPIX)—A scheduled Friars Club Roast of Quentin Tarantino, scheduled for Friday in Manhattan, has been postponed due to the death of his long-time editor Sally Menke.
PIX 11 News has learned the Friar's Club has postponed the roast at the request of the honoree because the death has hit Tarantino especially hard -- since Menke has served as a close friend and collaborator for a number of years.
Friars Club executive director Michael Gyure released a statement Tuesday night expressing his organizations, "deep sadness for Tarantino's loss."
The film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and occasional actor, met with executives of the Friars club, "and it was immediately decided, out of respect for the sad loss, to postpone the Roast," according to reports online.
Samuel L. Jackson was scheduled to be the roast master and Jerry Lewis and Robert DeNiro were also expected to be part of the event. Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Patricia Arquette, Neve Campbell, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell, among others were also expected to attend the event.
A new date for the roast is expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Over the years, the Friars Club has roasted a number of Hollywood Icons from Johnny Carson to Whoopi Goldberg.