Amy Schumer Brought Up That Will Smith Oscars Slap at the Met Gala
Amy Schumer is always one to say exactly what she thinks, and she stayed true to that at Monday’s Met Gala.
On the red carpet, the comedian—in a black Chloé dress by Gabriela Hearst and sunglasses—stopped by to talk to Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith about her look and about something that has been on her mind for a few weeks now: the infamous Oscars slap.
When Smith asked Schumer how she’s been since the Oscars and if she’s spoken to Chris Rock, the actress said, “Chris is good. He’s such a badass and I’m so proud of him. I’m proud of what Wanda [Sykes] and Regina [Hall] and I did that night.”
Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall were the cohosts at this year’s Oscars. During the ceremony, Chris Rock, who was one of the presenters, made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, caused by her alopecia, and Will Smith reacted by going up to the stage and slapping Rock.
Rock, everyone in attendance, and fans watching from home were shocked—and things even escalated from there. When the King Richard actor got back to his seat, he yelled at Rock from across the room, “Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.”
Following the incident, the hosts and Rock himself decided to make light of the situation, but once the ceremony was over, Schumer revealed how she really felt about Smith’s actions.
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she recalled the moment Smith received a standing ovation for his Best Actor Oscar win, minutes after he slapped Rock.
“I was backstage, and I knew I had to go out. I was kind of the only host that was going out solo after that, so it really felt like the Situation Room of comedy,” Schumer said. “We were all watching the monitor, and then he won; like, everybody, we were just kind of floored. And I was just thinking about what am I going to do when I go out there?”
The Life & Beth star also posted a message on Instagram, referring to the incident. “Still triggered and traumatized. I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro. Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend @questlove and the whole thing was so disturbing. So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”
Rock has not spoken out about the slap, but promised in a stand-up show after the Oscars (where he got a standing ovation) that he will soon, “and it will be serious and funny.”
Smith, meanwhile, has been banned from the Oscars and all Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events for the next 10 years. He shared various apologies for his behavior following the Oscars.
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