Chris Rock’s infamous encounter with Will Smith at the 2022 Oscars, will perhaps go down in history as one of the most confusing and memorable moments at an award show, right next to Kanye West getting on stage and stealing the microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. What started with the comedian making an untasteful joke pointed towards the actor’s wife, ended with Smith walking up to the stage, slapping Rock across his face, and yelling at him in a room full of A-list actors to get Jade Pinkett-Smith’s name out of his mouth.
After this, many celebrities have spoken about how they felt at this moment and condemned Smith and his actions at an event with such a high stature. Leslie Jones, a long-time friend of Rock, recently revealed her own feelings during this situation, and how she would have handled it herself.
Leslie Jones Was Infuriated With What Will Smith Did
Leslie Jones and Chris Rock have been close for a very long time, with the comedian stating that Rock is like a brother to her. During a recent interview with People, Jones revealed her own thoughts and feelings after she heard about what happened at the Oscars between Rock and Will Smith. The comedian mentioned that she was infuriated at the Oscar-winning actor’s unprofessional behavior and stated that how he handled the situation was just plain wrong.
“It made me so infuriated. You don’t know that I was going to jump in my car and roll up there. I was so f***ing mad on so many levels.”
She even added that she Was so angry with what happened that she wanted to take drastic measures to deal with the situation. She elaborated, stating that she felt the urge to actually drive up to the event itself and showcase exactly how angry she was.
Leslie Jones Talked To Chris Rock About What Happened
Leslie Jones then went on to tell People about how she thought Will Smith should have handled the situation. The comedian stated that there were many different things that the actor could have done other than getting on stage and physically harming a well-respected member of the film industry. One such example that she gave was dealing with the situation after the event was over rather than in the middle of it while the entire world was watching.
“For a long a** time I was just mad. Chris Rock did a f***ing joke. I know Will, too… I was like, you couldn’t handle that s**t afterwards. This is the Oscars. The whole world is watching.” The comedian then asked Rock about the incident “I was like, ‘Chris, when he got up why didn’t you run?’ Jones then added, “‘I would’ve been running around that stage like “Will, calm down. Jada, call your man!'”
She even revealed that she had a conversation about the incident with Chris Rock wherein she asked him why he did not start running when he saw Smith walking up to the stage looking very angry. To this, the actor told her that he could not have done that as it would have looked quite odd of him to be running around the stage asking the actor to calm down all the while asking his wife to basically make Smith stop.