Bill Maher Compares Chris Rock to Jackie Kennedy After Will Smith Slap

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Bill Maher, Chris Rock and Will Smith.
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Supporting his good friend — with controversial feedback. After Chris Rock was slapped by Will Smith on the 2022 Oscars, Bill Maher praised the comic for his response.

“Chris Rock is the hero here and has been a hero many times to me in my life. He is not just one of the state-of-the-art comedians we have ever had. But at that moment, on a much smaller level, he was Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of [John F. Kennedy],” Maher, 66, stated throughout an interview with TMZ on Tuesday, March 29. “We are looking at someone to pull it together with dignity and get the train back on the tracks. He did it and I think he should get a lot of credit for it.”

The political commentator famous that Rock, 57, dealt with the incident nicely contemplating the phase was dwell.

“I think Chris Rock did a lot of good. I thought he reacted as well as you could in that situation,” Maher added. “It was not a good look for Will. I could make a case that we all have been under a lot of pressure and there’s a lot of emotion running through him. It was just out of line and it reinforced the idea that jokes are the enemy. It is sort of, like, cancel culture encapsulated.”

During the 94th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27, the Saturday Night Live alum made a joke the place he referred to Jada Pinkett Smith as G.I. Jane due to her shaved head. Her husband, 53, then walked up to the stage and slapped the comic after his spouse, 50, rolled her eyes on the remark. The Girls Trip actress has beforehand revealed that she has alopecia.

“Will Smith just smacked the s—t out of me,” the South Carolina native stated in censored footage that later circulated on-line. The King Richard star yelled at Rock a number of instances to “keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth.” In response, Rock tried to snort the interplay off earlier than promising not to point out Pinkett Smith.

For Maher, the altercation didn’t make sense since Smith initially appeared to discover the joke humorous. “At first you saw he was laughing at the joke. This is what happens a lot with cancel stuff,” the tv host stated on Tuesday whereas questioning if the Suicide Squad star felt he was meant to get offended. “Then there’s the overreaction.”

The Real Time with Bill Maher host identified that he discovered Rock’s joke to be a praise to the Red Table Talk host.

“I had heard the term alopecia but I didn’t really associate it. I knew it was something, whatever, and then I [realized] it was losing hair. Alopecia is not leukemia. We are all struggling with our hair,” the New York native stated. “It is kind of ridiculous. If that is where you draw the line, that is the no joke zone, then you need to get over yourself.”

One day after the stunning second made headlines, the Academy Award winner apologized for his “unacceptable and inexcusable” actions towards Rock. “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 wrote through Instagram.

The Philadelphia native added: “I would also like to apologize to The Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.”

Pinkett Smith, for her half, shared an Instagram quote on Tuesday, which learn, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

That similar day, comic Jim Carrey additionally defended Rock after watching the altercation. “I was sickened,” Carrey, 60, stated throughout an look on CBS Mornings. “I was sickened by the standing ovation [when Will later won the Academy Award for best actor]. I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse. It really felt like, ‘Oh, this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”

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