Billy Crystal calls Will Smith’s Oscar slap ‘an assault’
Opinions abound on Will Smithis the hotly contested Oscar slap in the face. Co-hosts Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer to late-night guests and Saturday Night Live cast members, everyone offered their perspective on the outburst. Now nine-time Oscars emcee billy crystal at address “the most disturbing incident” when it appeared on Bob Costasit’s Back to the file.
“It was an assault,” Crystal said on the HBO Max series. “I had experiences. I’ve hosted the Grammys three times and people have thrown stuff at me. He continued: “In [Oscars] pre-production, the amazing Gil Cates, we were going through — he was the producer on six of the nine that I did — we were going through the recap, and I was like, ‘Maybe I should be there because some something could happen there. If that person wins, I should follow that.
Crystal also remembers hosting a Grammys where comedian Jackie Mason and musician Little Richard made “incendiary” remarks on stage. However, he was able to soothe an “angry” audience and refocus the evening with a joke. Crystal then decried Smith’s reaction to Chris Rocktakes it out on Jada Pinkett Smith. “What we saw was terribly distressing,” he told Costas, “and it’s just a shame what’s happened in society that it can happen now.”
crystal had previously alluded to the slap during the encore at a dress rehearsal for his new Broadway show, Sir Saturday night, telling the audience, “We finished a show and nobody got slapped. Unbelievable.” Last week, Rock himself opened up about the incident during a stand-up in Boston. “How was your weekend?” Rock began, smiling at the audience.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will meet tomorrow to discuss potential sanctions for Smith, who has already resigned from the Academy. This year’s Best Actor Oscar winner announced last Friday that he is stepping down, adding that he “will accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate.”
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