During the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, Will Smith rushed on to the stage after Chris Rock made a comment about Jada Pinkett Smith during his speech and slapped Rock in the face, sparking one of the most viral clips to circulate the internet.
Smith’s fans and peers have been reacting to the bizarre situation, one of which being Howard Stern who said he was “disturbed” by the assault and argues that the actor must suffer from a mental illness:
“This is a sign of great mental illness when you can’t control your impulse. Not only that, it was hardly an insulting joke. It was not even a good joke,”
Stern commented on his SiriusXM show:
“The joke, quite frankly, was beneath Chris Rock. It was a throwaway. ‘You look like G.I. Jane.’”
“He didn’t think twice about what he was about to do,”
“Now that’s crazy, when you can’t contain yourself like that.”
“Poor Chris Rock is a comedian and just trying to get through the day to make the f–king people laugh at that horrible ceremony,” [Rock is] so fast comedy wise, he actually covered and made a joke and said, ‘Gee, best Oscars yet.’”
The radio host also commented that it was unacceptable that no one did anything to alleviate the situation and just allowed Smith to sit through the rest of the ceremony.
“How this guy was allowed to sit there for the rest of the awards, and he’s laughing it up and having a good time with his wife. What he did was he just assaulted Chris Rock.”
Rock made a G.I Jane reference about Jada Pinkett Smith to which Will Smith reacted by walking onto the stage and slapping Rock in the face.
Watch the altercation below:
Most bizarre live TV moment ever…?