Comedian and former Show tonight host Jay Leno weighed in on Will Smith beating Chris Rock at the Oscars last month. Leno, who called Smith a “good guy,” said the most shocking moment for him came after the slap.
“For me, what was most disturbing was not the slap, because he smiled a little after he hit [Rock], ”Leno told the Palm Beach Daily News this week. “It was the cry of obscenity. Then you say, ‘Hey. What’s going on here? This is real anger.’ “
After the incident, the Academy said it would “follow an official process that will take a few weeks.” Leno was an infidel.
“What are you investigating?” he said. ‘It had to be the most recorded assault in history. I saw the back of his shoes. I saw Chris’ ear. There were so many cameras on this incident. What are you investigating? I know sometimes things are just what they seem to be. “
Shortly after the academy’s statement, Smith withdrew from his AMPAS membership, and the academy moved up to its meeting, banning Smith from its events for the next 10 years.
Other comedians also gathered around Rock shortly after the incident.
Nine-time Oscar host Billy Crystal called the Smith-Chris Rock confrontation “certainly the most disturbing event.” Like Leno, he was aware of the nature of the moment: “It was an assault.”
Howard Stern, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin and others also weighed in.