TV host Jay Leno drafted in a substitute to tell his jokes about Michael Jackson because a gag order prevents him telling them himself.
Jay Leno got Brad Garrett to read his jokes
Leno brought in Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett to read the lines he had written for his NBC Tonight Show.
"As I'm sure you know, I was called as a witness in the Michael Jackson trial," Leno told his audience.
"I'm not allowed to tell any Michael Jackson jokes. I can still write them," he added.
Leno is on the list of possible witnesses who could be called by Mr Jackson's defence team.
Necessary to protect
He has asked a judge to exempt him from the gag order preventing anyone involved in the case speaking about it.
His motion to the court contends that Justice Rodney Melville could not have meant to limit "public personalities" such as himself from commenting on the case.
But Mr Jackson's defence lawyer Robert Sanger has filed a response, arguing Leno should not be exempt.
"While the need for a protective order is unfortunate and does come at some cost, it is necessary to protect Mr Jackson's right to a fair trial," Mr Sanger said.
Among the jokes Leno has already made at the expense of Mr Jackson is: "Today, Michael Jackson's lawyer said that he will not play the race card - mainly because he can't figure out what race Michael is."