“It was the cry of obscenities”

Jay Leno has weighed in on the incident at last month’s Oscars where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage after the comedian made a G.I. Jane joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who is known to have alopecia.

The comedian and former Tonight’s show the host, 71, called Smith a “good guy”, while explaining to him the most disturbing part of this whole ordeal.

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“For me, the most disturbing thing was not the slap, because he smiled a little after slapping [Rock]”, Leno told the Palm Beach Daily News on Friday, April 15, ahead of his stand-up show this weekend at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

“It was the howl of obscenities. Then you go, ‘Wow. What is happening here?’ It’s real anger. »

Leno also considered the aftermath of the slap, which included the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – after expressing its displeasure and outrage – by launching a formal investigation into the incident which could, apparently, take weeks. .

Speaking to the outlet, Leno asked the question, “What are you studying?” He added: “It had to be the most recorded assault in history. I saw the back of his shoe, I saw Chris’ ear. There were so many cameras on this incident. What are you investigating? I know sometimes things are exactly what they seem.

Smith, who apologized for his behavior to Academy members and fellow nominees during his Best Actor Oscar win for King Richardthen directly to Rock in a statement on social media, announced his resignation from the Academy on April 1, referring to his “shocking, painful and inexcusable” actions in a letter to the organization.

Shortly after, the Academy’s Board of Trustees ruled that Smith was banned from attending the Academy Awards or any other Academy event for 10 years. He will be able to keep the Oscar which was awarded to him for his performance in King Richardand will remain eligible for future nominations and wins.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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