Jay Leno refers to Will Smith’s slap at Chris Rock at the Oscars as “the most offensive recorded in history” while sharing his thoughts on the incident: “This is the real outrage.”
Jay Leno was upset about Will Smith’s profanity after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The 71-year-old TV presenter claimed Will — who hit comedian Chris in the face after he made a shaved-head joke to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith less than an hour before picking up a Best Actor statue for his role in King Richard at the Oscars in March — He showed “real anger” at the insults he shouted immediately after the assault.
He said, ‘For me, the most annoying thing wasn’t the slap, because it was kind of a smile after he slapped Chris. Was screaming insults. Then you go, “Stop. What’s going on here?” This is real anger.
‘Disappointed’: Jay Leno was annoyed by Will Smith’s profanity after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars (pictured 2019)
Presenting an award at the ceremony, Chris said: ‘Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it’ and although Will laughed at first, Jada seemed unmoved and then walked onto the stage and hit the presenter and walked away.
Then he shouted from his seat: “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”
Since the incident, the Bad Boys star has dropped out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and been banned from the party for a decade, with the board set to launch an official investigation but the former Tonight Show host went on to question the need for one.
Showing anger: The 71-year-old TV presenter claimed Smith displayed ‘real anger’ at the insults he shouted immediately after the assault (pictured in 2014)
Infamous: While presenting an award at the ceremony, Chris said, “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it.” And although Will initially laughed, he eventually went up and slapped Rock
Talking to Palm Beach Daily NewsJay: What are you investigating? It had to be the most recorded attack in history. I saw the back of his shoes, and I saw Chris’s ear. There were a lot of cameras in this incident. what are you looking for? I know sometimes things are just what they seem.
Leno discussed myriad topics during the Over the Slap interview including his upcoming show in town.
When asked what fans can expect from the legendary comedian, Leno said he’s worked hard to make sure the show isn’t too divisive.
“Traditional stand-up comedy. I take out politics, just because it’s divisive. I don’t dwell on it. I now find that when you mention a candidate in a joke, the audience pauses to see which direction the joke is going. Can’t it be comedy?” Just a comedy, can’t we just have fun?
No investigation required: Lino said he doesn’t believe an investigation should not happen because it “must be the most offensive recorded in history” (pictured with Smith 2001)
Leno admitted that his standing schedule isn’t what it used to be, much more relaxed than when he’s been touring for months at a time.
He said, “I’m going out on my own.” I don’t travel with anyone. I go somewhere, tell jokes, and come home. It’s not like I start in August and end in May. I’m kind of taking care of some family members now, so I come home every couple of days. I try to go home most nights of the week.
Later, he encouraged young comedians to “clean up” and made their dirty talk subtle rather than public.
Lino will perform at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on Sunday, April 17.
Jay’s tip: Leno, pictured for 2020, also encouraged young comedians to ‘work clean’ and make their obscenity subtle rather than public during the interview
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