American actor Tyler Perry has spoken out about the infamous Oscars blow and revealed what really happened after the incident.
Tyler Perry has spoken out publicly for the first time about the moments after Will Smith punched Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The 52-year-old star was seen talking to Smith after the infamous incident.
During a Q&A at the Tribeca Festival, the gone girl actor explained that he “de-escalated” the situation and did not console the Oscar winner.
“I left early to see Chris to make sure he was okay. Being friends with both of them was very difficult,” he said.
“Believe me, as painful as it was for all of us in the room, it was just as painful for Chris who was a pure champion for the way he handled it.
“But I want you to understand that something happened that was extremely painful for… [Will] also.
“That is no excuse. He was all wrong for what he was doing. But something triggered him – that’s so beyond all that he is.”
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The Made a creator said Smith was “devastated” after the blow.
“He couldn’t believe he was doing it. And I look into this man’s eyes and think, ‘What are you doing? This is your night,” he said.
“And to get all the way to winning an Oscar. It was one of the crowning moments of his career that he so longed for.”
Perry further praised Rock as a “pure champion” for handling the incident. He added that “something happened that was extremely painful for” [Smith] also.”
“It’s no excuse, he was completely wrong, but something was triggered. That was so beyond all that he is,” Perry continued.
In March, Rock took to the Oscars to present the Academy Award for Best Documentary, looking at Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, and quipped, “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2′ can’t wait to see you.’
The joke did not go down well with the actor, who is bald as a result of her struggle with alopecia.
After rolling her eyes at the camera, Smith, 53, ran up the stage to punch the comedian†
once the independence Day star went back to his seat, he yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
The Men in black actor went to Instagram and apologized to Rock because he beat him and said “violence is poisonous and destructive”.
“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and unforgivable,” Smith wrote. “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.
“I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.
“There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
That same month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banned the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star of going to the Oscars for ten years†
“The Board of Directors has resolved that, for a period of 10 years, beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith may not attend any Academy events or programs in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” the Academy said.
The statement continued: “We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mr Rock for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our broadcast.”
Smith gets to keep his Oscar he won this year for his role in King Richard†
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