Comedians ‘control themselves’ after Will Smith hit, says Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall has said the comics awards presenters “will check themselves if they write jokes” after Will Smith smacked Chris Rock on stage over a joke he made while winning an award at the Oscars has presented.

The 33-year-old British comedian, who first rose to fame on TV series like Bad Education and Fresh Meat, has hosted multiple Brit Awards.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Whitehall reflected on the aftermath of the confrontation at this year’s Academy Awards, where 53-year-old Smith stormed the stage to punch comedian Rock, 57, after he cracked a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith had made.

Whitehall said: “I think the hosts are definitely going to check themselves now every time they write a joke for their monologues, because they think that’s what happened.”

He went on to explain the difficulties audiences face when trying to decipher whether events on stage are scripted or not.

Reflecting on his own experience, he said, “The only time anyone ever got on stage with me was pretty scary … And the problem is, when something like that happens, and you kind of saw it at the Oscars, you think most people think it’s part of the show, so they don’t do anything.

“So I had a guy who was on stage with me in a headlock, I was feeling pretty vulnerable but everyone in the room was laughing because they thought it was a little bit[of the show]and then I caught the corner of.” I eyed the bouncers at the door and they laughed too, thinking it was a trap.

“So they wouldn’t have come to my rescue, and that’s kind of the problem with comedians. When something goes wrong on stage, you always assume it’s part of a bit because nobody takes comedians seriously.”


Just before receiving the Best Actor award, Will Smith beat comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Academy Awards (Doug Peters/PA)

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Speaking to hosts Ed Balls and Susanna Reid, Whitehall added: “My advice – and I’ve always said it at awards shows – is be careful who you get involved with.”

Targeting ex-GMB presenter Piers Morgan, he added: “You’ll notice about me Susanna if I’m ever in a room I throw Piers Morgan under the bus over and over again because I know that so is a very safe target.

“Because there was no way Piers was going to get on stage fast enough to hit me, I could run away in time.”

The former Labor MP and Strictly Come Dancing star Balls also teased Morgan, who famously stormed off the set of the breakfast show last year.

Balls said, “He wouldn’t go any further, Jack – he would go out.”

Whitehall joked about Morgan’s new venture, TalkTV, as he unsubscribed, saying: “I don’t want to be taken off the platform and end up on TalkTV!”

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