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‘Being Friends With Both Has Been Difficult’: Tyler Perry Forced to Take Sides After Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock

The Oscars have always been a topic of discussion with new controversies. This time, it was no different but shook the industry as the honorary night suddenly took a serious turn between two Hollywood Stars Will Smith and Chris Rock leading the former to 10 years of banishment from the future Oscars event.

Will Smith and Chris Rock
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock

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During the Oscars 2022, the comedian Chris Rock cracked a joke on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald look saying it made her look like GI Jane 2, which in turn triggered Will Smith to assault the comedian on the live stage. Chris made the joke about Smith’s wife who suffers from alopecia, a medical condition that causes extreme hair loss. This incident led to a major controversy.

Tyler Perry Clarified His Stance Involving Will Smith During The Oscars Incident

Tyler Perry and Will Smith
Tyler Perry and Will Smith

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Tyler Perry clarified his stance in the infamous slap incident involving both the Hollywood Star as he was seen talking to Smith and placing his hand on his shoulder during that time.

During a  conversation with Gayle King at the Tribeca Film Festival, Perry addressed that he was not taking any sides, “There’s a difference between comforting and deescalating, that’s No. 1. And I left early to get to Chris to make sure he was okay. Being friends with both of them has been very difficult.”

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Tyler Perry knew that it was “painful for Chris” but he was also aware that Smith was in pain as well.

“Trust me, as painful as it was for all of us in the room, it was as painful for Chris, who was a pure champion for the way he handled it, but I want you to understand that something happened that was extremely painful for [Will] as well. That is no excuse. He was completely wrong for what he did. But something triggered him that is so out of everything he is.”

Director Tyler Perry Recalled Will Smith Being ‘Devastated’

Will Smith
Smith with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith

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As Perry recalled, Smith was “devastated” sharing “And I’ll tell you when we walked over to him, he was devastated. He couldn’t believe what happened. He couldn’t believe he did it, I’m looking at this man in his eyes going, ‘What are you doing? This is your night.’ And to get all the way to this moment, winning an Oscar, that was one of the crowning moments of his career that he wanted so desperately, and to have something like that happen…”

Will Smith publicly apologized to the comedian following the resignation from the Academy, which then banned him from attending their ceremonies for the next 10 years.

Written by Priya Sharma