CANNES, France — Ladies? Don’t make him laugh.

Asked who his favorite female comics were Thursday at a Cannes Film Festival press conference, Jerry Lewis listed Cary Grant and Burt Reynolds. He then added, “I don’t have any.”

In 1998, Lewis famously said that watching women do comedy “sets me back a bit,” and that he has trouble with the notion of would-be mothers as comedians.

Asked Thursday if he had changed his mind at all because of performers like Melissa McCarthy and Sarah Silverman, the 87-year-old Lewis said of women performing broad comedy, “I can’t see women doing that; it bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can’t do that.”

Lewis was in Cannes for the premiere of “Max Rose,” a drama directed by Daniel Noah in which Lewis stars as an aging jazz musician.

Another jewel theft

Thieves outsmarted 80 security guards in an exclusive French Riviera hotel and made off with a necklace that creators say is worth a staggering $2.6 million, the second such jewelry heist during this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The De Grisogono jewelry house said Thursday that the necklace was stolen after a party for festival attendees at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Tuesday night. In a statement, it said the theft occurred “despite the large security measures set in place, over 80 security guards plus police.”

A police official said Thursday that the necklace was stolen overnight from the luxurious resort town of Cap d’Antibes. She gave no further details.

Cap d’Antibes is just down the coast from Cannes and even more exclusive. Its Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc often plays host to events during the festival, including Tuesday night’s party, which included stars such as Sharon Stone, Ornella Mutti and others. The hotel hosted another party Thursday night.