Will Smith Hits Chris Rock and Comedians React

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Jim Carrey called the Oscar crowd “spinless” for giving Smith a standing ovation.

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Jim Carrey said on CBS Mornings that he was “sick” by the audience’s standing ovation for Smith, saying the actor should have been arrested.

“I wish him the best, I really do,” said Carrey. “I have nothing against Will Smith. He’s done great things. But that wasn’t a good time. It veiled everyone’s radiant moment. A lot of people have worked very hard to get to that place.”

“And to have their moment in the sun, to get their award for the hard work they’ve put in, it’s no small feat to go through all the things you have to go through when you’re nominated for an Oscar, Carrey continued. “It’s a gauntlet of dedication that you have to put in. It was such a selfish moment that it clouded the whole thing.”

Jeffrey Ross said Chris Rock “should get a Nobel Peace Prize” for his behavior.

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Stand-up comedian Jeffrey Ross, who has alopecia, posted a statement supporting Rock’s behavior during the incident on Instagram.

“I adore Chris Rock,” Ross wrote. “I cried when I saw Smith attack him because I saw my idol act out a comedian’s worst nightmare live on television.”

“Rock should be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for keeping his hands down and not letting the situation escalate. Class struggle,” he continued. “If Jada wasn’t feeling the jokes, Smith should have put his arm around her and let Rock finish.”

“Anyway, I also have Alopecia,” he wrote. “It sucks. But when people joke, I laugh, because that’s life.”

A post shared by Jeff Ross (@therealjeffreyross)

Jimmy Kimmel praised the Oscar hosts after the incident.

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Comedian and television host Jimmy Kimmel turned attention to the evening’s presenters on Twitter.

“I know the big story is the blow but congratulations to @amyschumer @iamwandasykes & Regina Hall who were very funny,” Kimmel wrote on Twitter. “I hope that isn’t overshadowed by the unpleasantness.”

—Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 28, 2022

Conan O’Brien complained that he no longer had his own TV program to discuss the incident.

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Comedian and former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien said on Twitter that he wanted to discuss the incident on late night television.

“Just saw Will Smith’s slap,” O’Brien wrote on Twitter. “Does anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?”

—Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 28, 2022

Emily Heller referenced the NBC miniseries “The Slap” in a tweet.

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Comedian Emily Heller tweeted about the incident, referring to the 2015 NBC miniseries “The Slap” that follows a birthday party where an adult punches someone else’s child.

“It’s very stressful to watch someone get punched in the face, it turns out,” she wrote in one tweet.

“If those cowards hadn’t canceled NBC’s The Slap, maybe we’d know how to handle this a little better,” she joked in a subsequent tweet

—Emily Heller (@MrEmilyHeller) March 28, 2022

The Lucas Bros joked about putting Will Smith jokes in “solidarity with Chris Rock”.

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Comedy duo The Lucas Bros Tweeted on their joint account a few hours after the Oscars that “Every comedian should post a Will Smith joke out of solidarity with Chris Rock. I’m not. But every other comedian should.”

—the lucas bros (@lucasbros) March 28, 2022

“Chris Rock is a comedy ICON that has been telling jokes at everyone’s expense for over three decades,” the duo wrote in a statement. tweet later† “He’s earned our respect. If he can get slapped (and humiliated) on national TV for telling a pretty mild joke, anyone can.”

—the lucas bros (@lucasbros) March 28, 2022

David Spade expressed disbelief that the incident took place over “a joke by GI Jane”.

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Comedian David Spade tweeted about the incident twice, commenting on the joke that started it.

“A joke from GI Jane???” the actor tweeted Sunday.

He later responded to a reply to his original tweet asking why he described the joke as a “GI Jane joke” rather than a “joke about a woman with alopecia”. Pinkett Smith has spoken openly in the past about alopecia, an autoimmune disease for hair loss.

“Because comedians don’t have a medical card for everyone in the audience,” Spade says. replied

—David Spade (@DavidSpade) March 29, 2022

Whitney Cummings tweeted that “when people take jokes literally, society is just over.”

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Stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings responded to the incident on Twitter.

“I mean, it’s amazing that twitterers who attack comedians because they’re here making fun of last night don’t see them doing the same shit that Will did last night,” Cummings wrote on Twitter on Monday† “If people take jokes literally, society is just over.”

—Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) March 28, 2022
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