Oscar co-host Wanda Sykes said Chris Rock apologized to her after being slapped on stage by Will Smith.
The American stand-up performer and actress, 58, said she was “still traumatized” and felt let down by the way the show handled the “nauseous” incident.
The annual ceremony was thrown into chaos when Smith, 53, stormed the stage and slapped Rock in front of the star-studded audience after the comic made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss.
Sykes, who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, said Rock approached her to apologize for the incident because he knew it would overshadow her praise for presenting alongside Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
Speaking to the host, she said: “I just felt so terrible for my friend Chris. It was disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I felt physically ill and am still a little traumatized by it.
“And so they could have him stay in this room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is that? That’s just the wrong message’.”
“You attack someone, they escort you out of the building and that’s it. But I found it disgusting that they let him continue.”
She jokingly added, “Because I wanted to be able to walk out after he won and be like, ‘Unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight…’
Smith, who won the Leading Actor Oscar for King Richard shortly after the altercation, has issued a public apology to Rock, while Pinkett Smith posted a picture to Instagram with the caption, “This is a healing season and that’s what I’m here for.”
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However, Sykes said she has not yet received an apology from Smith.
“I know he apologized to Chris, but I think we were the hosts,” she said.
“So this is our house, we invite you, we’ll all take care of you tonight, make sure you have a good time.
“And no one has apologized to us, and we’ve worked really hard to put this show together.
“The industry itself, I’m like, ‘What the hell is this?’
“I hope he doesn’t mind me saying that, but I saw Chris (after the awards) and when I approached him, the first thing he said was, ‘I’m so sorry’ and I was like, ‘Why, sorry You …. yourself?’
“He was like, ‘It should be your night – you, Amy and Regina, you all did such a great job. I’m so sorry this is going to be about this now. Because this is Chris.”
Her co-host Schumer previously said she was “still triggered and traumatized” by the incident, adding in a now-deleted Instagram post, “I love my friend @chrisrock and think he handled it like a pro.”
Oscar showrunner Will Packer has described the altercation as “a very painful moment for me,” while the Academy has launched a formal review of the incident.
A “full meeting” of the academy’s board of directors has been called for Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says the incident will be “the number one issue.”
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