Will Smith, Chris Rock physical altercation over Jada Pinkett Smith joke; CODA wins Best Picture
Will Smith’s slap on comedian Chris Rock live on stage became the standout moment at this year’s Oscars. As the party continues, here are some reactions from cast, directors and producers.
Sean Combs, actor and rapper
After the explosion, Sean “Love” Combs appeared on stage to continue presenting the ceremony. In his remarks, he urged Smith and Rock to “work through this as a family to [Jay-Z’s] Gold Party, but right now we’re moving forward with love.”
Combs later said vanity lounge he was “as shocked as everyone” by the slap.
“I just carried on with how I felt and thought it was really important to bring love into the room,” he said. “I think we know these two guys’ characters, and, you know, sometimes shit happens.”
Rob Reiner, actor and filmmaker
Reiner took to social media to condemn Smith’s behavior, adding that the actor is lucky Rock won’t be filing assault charges.
Leslie Odom Jr, actor
the A Night in Miami The star, who was nominated for an Oscar last year, described the altercation as “two artists with open hearts”.
“This business can sometimes feel like walking around with your skin ripped off,” said Odom Jr, who made his acting debut on Broadway. Vanity Room.
“It’s a vulnerable moment, sometimes it’s messy, but it’s always beautiful when it’s the truth.”
KJ Smith, actress
The actress came to Smith’s defense, telling People after the ceremony he had done well to go on stage.
“When I saw a black man standing up for his wife. It meant so much to me,” she said. my wife out of your mouth, leave my wife alone’, that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you.”
She added that it made her believe “there are still men who love and care about their wives, their wives.”
Randi Mayem Singer, screenwriter
The author of the 1993 blockbuster Mrs. Doubtfire requested that the ceremony be presented by women.