Jim Carrey Was ‘Sickened’ by Standing Ovation for Will Smith at Oscars After Chris Rock Smack
“I felt like Hollywood was just spineless as a whole,” Jim Carrey stated.
Jim Carrey isn’t happy with the way Will Smith’s outburst at the Oscars was handled in the room the next day.
Will stepped onstage during the Dolby Theatre ceremony and slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Will returned to his seat and exclaimed, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f——-g mouth!” before remaining seated at his table. He was revealed as the Best Actor winner later in the show, and he returned onstage to a standing ovation to deliver a tear-filled speech.
Carrey, 60, expressed his thoughts on the situation when speaking with CBS Mornings’ Gayle King about his new film Sonic the Hedgehog 2, stating he believes Hollywood is “spineless” for honoring Will after what happened.
“I was ill to my stomach. The standing ovation made me nauseous. I had the impression that Hollywood as a whole was lacking in courage. ‘Oh, this is a very clear indication that we’re no longer the hip club,’ I thought “When asked, Carrey replied, “I’m not sure.”
Carrey explained why Rock did not choose to file assault charges “I would’ve declared this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million because that tape will live on in perpetuity. It’ll be all over the place. That affront will linger for a long time.”
“You don’t have the right to walk up onstage and smack somebody in the face because they said words,” he said. “If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter or whatever — you don’t have the right to walk up onstage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”
“You can’t plan for something like this and make a split-second choice that requires everyone’s buy-in, and that would have ramifications in every iteration,” the person explained.
Carrey hypothesized that the “”It came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrating, and I sincerely wish him the best.” Will Smith isn’t someone I dislike. He’s accomplished a lot. That, however, was not a good time.”
Will issued a public apology on Monday, admitting that he had been “out of line” and “wrong.” “I’m still a work in progress,” he said.
Will Smith issued an apology on Instagram, after slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage Sunday night.
"I am embarrassed, and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be," it read, in part. pic.twitter.com/1ZrJdarrLB
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) March 29, 2022
“Violence is poisonous and harmful in all of its manifestations. My actions at the Academy Awards last night was both disgusting and reprehensible, “he stated “It’s part of the job to make jokes about me, but one regarding Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to take, and I reacted emotionally.”
“Chris, I’d like to officially apologize to you. I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m embarrassed, and my actions did not reflect the guy I aspire to be “Added he. “Violence has no place in a world of love and kindness. I’d also like to express my regret to the Academy, the show’s producers, all of the attendees, and everyone watching across the world. I’d like to express my regret to the Williams and King Richard families. I am very sorry that my actions have marred what has otherwise been a wonderful adventure for all of us.”
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Academy said, “Mr. Smith’s conduct at last night’s show were condemned by the Academy. In compliance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct, and California law, we have begun a formal investigation into the occurrence and will consider further action and repercussions.”