‘SNL’ Addresses Will Smith, Chris Rock Oscars Slap: Video

It was almost a week later Will SmithSlapped Chris RockThe Oscars Saturday Night LiveI got involved in the conversation.

“I’ve got a question — do you want to talk about it? Aren’t you sick of talking about it? Isn’t it kind of crazy? It feels like I’ve been talking about it for so long,” host Jerrod CarmichaelDuring his Saturday, April 2 monologue on the long-running variety show, he addressed the situation but did not mention the people involved. “Can you believe it happened six days [ago]? … Doesn’t it feel like it happened years ago? Like, doesn’t it feel like it happened when we were all in high school?”

He continued: “It feels like we’ve been living in the wake of it our entire lives. It happened Sunday! It happened on Sunday! It’s Saturday, bro. … If this were Monday, you wouldn’t be able to get me to shut up about it. It was all I talked about Monday. Tuesday, still talking about it — a little less exciting because it stopped being about it by Tuesday. It began to be about proxy arguments. [about] hair, Black men and white people on Twitter.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ Jokes About Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars: 'The Nation Needs to Heal'
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The Rothanial The comedian, now 34, said that he was done talking about the incident by Thursday and Friday. However, the show suggested that he include it in his Saturday set.

“Then, Lorne [Michaels]He entered my dressing room. He was like, ‘I think you need to talk about it. The nation needs to heal,’” Carmichael, who came out as gay during his HBO special this month, quipped. “I said, ‘The nation needs to what? And you want me to do that? The nation don’t even know me. The nation has no clue who I am.’”

The Carmichael Show alum’s monologue was not the only time that SNL — It also featured a live musical performance by Gunna — joked about the Oscars encounter. During a “Seat Fillers” sketch, the cast parodied the events with Will Smith (Chris Redd) speaking with a seat filler (Carmichael) during Rock’s speech. While Carmichael’s character had eagerly asked Redd’s Smith for a selfie, things took a turn post-slap.

“No, that’s OK, nah, I deleted my phone,” Carmichael added on Saturday.

Colin Jost also touched on the incident during Saturday’s “Weekend Update” segment, drawing parallels to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Intelligence officials are saying that Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his advisors about how badly the Russian military is performing in Ukraine,” the Tom & Jerry actor, 39, said. “Which is kind of like Will Smith’s agent telling him, ‘You crushed it at the Oscars!’”

Jost added that, from his perspective, Smith’s actions were “disgraceful” and set “a terrible precedent for having to defend your wife at awards shows.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ Jokes About Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars: 'The Nation Needs to Heal'
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Rock, 57 years old, made a joke about the award show on March 27. Jada Pinkett Smith — who has alopecia — starring in G.I. Jane 2referring to her freshly shaved head. In response, Smith, 53, stormed the stage and slapped the comedian in the face, before returning to his front row seat and shouting, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!”

Despite some viewers believing the moment was scripted, Rock looked visibly shaken. The Bel-Air: The Fresh PrinceAfter winning the trophy for Best Actor In a Leading Role, the alum addressed the incident in an emotional acceptance speech King Richard.

“I want to apologize to the Academy. I apologize to all my fellow nominees. … Art imitates life: I look like the crazy father. Just like they said about Richard Williams,” Smith said through tears, referring to Venus Serena Williams‘ father and coach, whom he played in the biopic. “But love will make you do crazy things. … Thank you for this moment. Thank you, Richard and the entire Williams Family. We are grateful. I hope the Academy invites me back.”

One day later, the “Summertime” rapper issued a more direct apology to Rock. “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith wrote via Instagram on Monday, March 28. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. … I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was wrong and I was out of line. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.”

Smith’s joke about Rock has been criticized by a number of comedians, including Oscars cohost. Wanda Sykes. “I was just like, ‘What? Is this really happening?!’” the Christine’s New Adventures58-year old alum stated during her Wednesday, 30 March, appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I just felt so awful for my friend Chris, and it was sickening; it was absolutely sickening. I physically felt ill and I’m still a little traumatized by it.”

Sykes also revealed to Rock that he had apologized to Sykes after the show for making Rock’s work seem less important than it was. Amy Schumer Regina HallThey had contributed to hosting the evening.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Jokes About Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars: 'The Nation Needs to Heal'
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The 40-year-old Life & BethThe star said that she was still processing what happened during the ceremony. “I think we can all agree that the best way to unpack what happened is to stream my series @lifeandbethhulu and see me on tour this fall,” Schumer wrote via Instagram on Wednesday. “But for real. Still traumatized and trigger-shocked. … I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro.”

After describing the whole situation as “disturbing,” she concluded: “So much pain in @willsmith. Anyway, I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”

Smith has since resigned before the Academy’s board meeting this month. They will be discussing the potential consequences of Smith’s actions. Rock, for his part, broke his silence at a standup gig earlier this week, noting that he was “still processing” what transpired.

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