During last night’s 94th Academy Award ceremony, comedian Chris Rock took things a little too far for Will Smith’s liking. During a stand-up set, the Grown Ups star made a joke over Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s, alopecia, a condition that causes your hair to fall out.
On stage, Chris said: “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.” After cameras panned to Will Smith laughing, a few seconds later the star climbs onto the stage and slaps Chris across the face before shouting “Keep my wife’s name out your f****** mouth” from his seat.
One Twitter user wrote: “Oh so someone could have slapped Ricky Gervais this whole time” and another said: “@rickygervais ripped everyone at the Oscars a few years ago and no one got up and slapped him. Poor Chris Rock”.
Although Gervais hasn’t made a direct comment on the night’s events, his liked some tweets about the fact. The 60-year-old liked a tweet saying: “Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology. There is no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris is not filing assault charges. The excuses he made tonight were b******t” He also liked a tweet saying: “After all the initial joking I hope Will Smith has to return his Oscar. His behaviour was unacceptable. He’s a bully and deserves to be punished.”
Why Ricky Gervais Didn’t Host the Oscars
Gervais hosted the Golden Globes five times, but never the Oscars. On an episode of The View from January 2022, he revealed the reason why he would not and could not host the Oscars stating, “I might be allowed to host [the Oscars] if I did what I was told, but there’s the rub,” Gervais said when Sunny Hostin asked him about his hesitation. “The good thing about the Globes was [that] they said I could write my own jokes, say what I want, and not rehearse. And that is just too good for a comedian to turn down, whereas I don’t think the Oscars would ever allow me that freedom, and rightly so. I think they would be mad.”
He did admit if they changed their stance on this he’d say yes to the opportunity. “I’d definitely do it. I’d do it for free.”
However on Twitter, the British comedian gave a small preview of what his opening number would have looked like if he was to host the show, and it’s on par with Gervais’ brand of comedy.