Comedians David Spade and Dana Carvey said Will Smith looked like a bully when he took the stage to hit Chris Rock



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Chris Rock and Will Smith onstage at the 94th Academy Awards show at the Dolby Theater in Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022.Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

  • David Spade and Dana Carvey said Will Smith looked like a bully during the Oscars hit.

  • Smith punched Chris Rock after the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

  • Rock previously opened up to the couple about being bullied as a child.

Comedians David Spade and Dana Carvey said Will Smith looked like a bully during his onstage showdown with Chris Rock at the Oscars.

At the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, Smith, who was minutes away from being named best actor, slammed Rock after the comedian made a joke alluding to Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith has acknowledged having alopecia hair loss.

On an episode of their “Fly on the Wall” podcast that aired Wednesday, Spade weighed in on the incident, saying it sets a “dangerous precedent” for comedians telling jokes that could offend people.

“I could jokingly say that a slap in the face was a real slap in the face for comedy, but seriously, this sets a dangerous precedent,” Spade said on the podcast. “That was the straw that broke Will Smith’s back. It couldn’t have been a medium rough joke, just bad timing. It was like a jack-in-the-box (humming melody), and here’s Chris Rock.”

“Listen, comedy is rough, I just made a special for Netflix, and there’s stuff in it that makes me laugh that people might be offended by,” he continued. “It’s just the way it is.”

Carvey said he was personally triggered by the moment.

“I’ve seen and experienced real anger, so the first thing I thought was that I was being triggered – everyone’s talking about triggers – when I saw a really big person go to hell, very physical for a person who is not small but much smaller,” he said.

He added, “I saw a bully,” which Spade agreed to.

On a January 12 episode of “Fly on the Wall,” Rock opened up to the couple that he was bullied as a child, especially when he was transported to a predominantly white school in Brooklyn, New York.

“It was pretty tough, and it was pretty much every day,” Rock said on the podcast. “I had a weird temper. I was the oldest of seven, and I was strangely shorter than my younger brothers.”

On Wednesday’s episode, Spade said Smith’s walk to Rock onstage was an example of bullying behavior.

“Any bullying – in a car that cuts me off, or a guy, if I’m on a date, come up to me and say ‘Okay, I can handle this guy and so I’ll hit this girl right in front of him’ – those shapes there are always,” Spade said. “So when I saw that obvious walk, I hit him and walked away, and almost laughing, like, ‘Fuck you, what are you going to do,’ [it] made me freak out.”

The podcast hosts further praised Rock for his behavior after he was hit and “keeping it together,” Carvey said.

Shortly after the blow, Smith was named Best Actor for his role in “King Richard.” During a tearful acceptance speech, he apologized to the academy and the watching audience, as well as those with whom he worked on his film and members of the Williams family portrayed in the film.

On Monday, Smith issued a formal apology, including a direct speech to Rock, describing his conduct at the awards ceremony as “unacceptable and unforgivable”.

“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith said in the statement. “I want to publicly apologize, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.’

During a comedy show in Boston on Wednesday, Rock spoke for the first time about the incident, saying he was “still processing what happened.”

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