Former Made In Chelsea Jamie Laing, 33, believes Will Smith, 53, staged the moment he met comedian Chris Rock onstage at the Academy Awards on Sunday night
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Jamie Laing opened up about the moment Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars.
Chatting to former Made In Chelsea co-star Alex Mytton in his Podcast for private partsThe 33-year-old television personality said on Wednesday he thought the slap was “fake,” and couldn’t believe it as he watched Sunday night’s heated exchange.
Will, 53, shocked Hollywood audiences at the 94th Academy Awards when he got up from his seat and slapped Chris, 57, in the face over a joke he made about his wife Jada’s hair loss.
Jamie opened up about the situation, saying: “I think it must be fake. They said, “Is that real or not?” Chris Rock doesn’t cover his face and takes the punch. It’s crazy.”
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Jamie continued to discuss the words Denzel Washington said to Will shortly after the incident.
During Will’s acceptance speech for Best Actor in King Richard, he said, “What I loved was Denzel [Washington] said to me a few moments ago, he said, ‘In your highest moment, be careful, then the devil will come for you’.”
Jamie said, “I think it means when you feel invincible, that’s when you’re most vulnerable.”
Meanwhile, Alex, 30, contradicted Jamie over speculation the slap was staged.
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He said: “It’s so weird. I think it must be real. If it was a production, I don’t think I would be ready if I were Will Smith. The joke is a bit of a low blow, I won’t lie.
“It’s hard, I mean when that red fog comes over you sometimes you can’t stop. He stands up for his wife, which you have to respect.”
When Will laughed first, Alex continued, “The joke is quite a niche. I didn’t catch him right away, and I don’t think Will Smith did either, so he’s laughing and then suddenly five seconds later he’s thinking, ‘Wait a minute, I’m going to have to hit this guy.
“He’s got pretty big balls to do that on stage, you know what I mean, essentially in front of the world? I guess she must love him after that.”
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The actor shocked Hollywood at the 94th Academy Awards when he took the stage and slapped Chris in the face over a joke he made about his wife Jada’s hair loss.
Chris told Jada, who suffers from alopecia, that he was excited to see her in GI Jane, citing how Demi Moore shaved her head for the role.
The comedian, 57, insisted his joke was a “nice joke” but Will, 53, was visibly angry and took to the stage before punching a stunned Chris.
Some praised him for his actions and said he was right to defend his wife’s honor, while others said he should not have used violence and some even called for his award to be stripped.
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Moments after the slap, he was back on stage to accept the gong for best actor for his role in King Richard, and he apologized to the Academy and his fellow contestants.
He has since publicly apologized to Chris, saying: “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.
“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed 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.”
He added: “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the contestants and all viewers around the world.
“I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior marred an otherwise great trip for all of us.
“I’m still in the works. Sincerely, Will.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jamie-laing-will-smith-oscars-26594611 Jamie Laing says Will Smith's Chris Rock Oscars slap must be 'fake'