Speaking with Gayle King, comedian and actor Jim Carrey weighed in on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, stating he would have sued Smith for $200 million.
Carrey, who is currently promoting ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2,’ spoke with CBS Mornings‘ Gayle King. The scheduled interview was focused on the new movie which comes out April 7th in theaters, but King asked Carrey for his thoughts on the slapping incident.
“I was sickened by the standing ovation,” Carrey said. “I felt Hollywood is just spineless en masse. It really felt like, this is a clear indication that we’re not the “cool” club anymore.” Many have wondered if it was someone else who had slapped Chris Rock live on stage, they would have been arrested. Carrey agreed and stated Smith should had been arrested.
Chris Rock on the other hand, is not pressing charges. As revealed to CNN by the LAPD: “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”
“He didn’t want the hassle,” Carrey said. “I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million. That video is gonna be there forever. It’s gonna be ubiquitous. You know, that insult is gonna last a very long time.”
Will smith has apologize for his action with an Instagram post on Monday (March 29). “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” Smith said on the IG post.
Carrey did state he wishes Will Smith the best, but noted he feels Smith is fighting something bigger within himself. “I wish him the best, I really do. I don’t have anything against Will Smith,” Carrey said. “He was done great things, but that was not a good moment.”
Responses to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars have been divided — but Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) says most people don’t have the full story of the incident.
“It’s something of a magnitude that I don’t think can be worked out on a public stage,” she says. pic.twitter.com/5qXIq30Y1F— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) March 29, 2022