Jimmy Kimmel says Chris Rock ‘should be proud of’ his reaction to Will Smith Oscars slap
“I think it’s something that everybody regrets and that we will move past,” Kimmel, who is hosting this year’s show for the third time on March 12, said of the incident.
By Lauren Huff March 02, 2023 at 06:47 PM EST
As he preps to host this year’s Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel says he’s still not over what happened at the last Oscars.
“It’s still shocking that that happened,” Kimmel, who was watching from home at the time, told PEOPLE. “To see something like that happen outside of like The Maury Povich Show is shocking. And then for it to happen on the Oscars magnifies it by about a million times…. I think it’s something that everybody regrets and that we will move past. One day it will be looked at in the same way as that guy running onstage naked is looked at: a weird moment that we all talked about and we hopefully learn from.”
The television host told the outlet that he has not spoken to Smith but did reach out to Rock, whom he commended for his reaction on stage after the incident. “I mean, to be slapped in the face and to stay that cool is something that Chris should be proud of,” he said. “Chris’s grandchildren, I hope, will still be proud of that when he’s dead and gone.”
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Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the 95th Oscars in 2023.
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For his part, though he’s addressed the slap briefly in the past year, Rock plans to spend more time talking about it in his upcoming Netflix comedy special, which is taking place a week before this year’s Academy Awards. Chris Rock: Selective Outrage will stream live on Netflix at 10 p.m. ET from the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on Saturday.
Kimmel will return to host the Oscars for a third time when they air live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, at 8 p.m. ET.
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