the Grammys haven’t even officially started yet — but have the Will Smith jokes.
“I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian. If you know what I mean,” LeVar Burton said while hosting the Grammys’ “opening ceremony” that took place hours before the televised main event and awarded the majority of the music awards.
“So I have to warn everyone: stay in your seats and keep your hands to yourself. Alright?” The actor and presenter joked at the afternoon ceremony.
Comedian Nate Bargatze then took the stage wearing a large black helmet.
“They said comedians now have to wear these during their joke parties at awards shows,” he said, to some onlookers who looked shocked. “It doesn’t even cover your face, I guess it just focuses on where you would hit me.”
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Burton and Bargatze were there, of course Referring to the slap heard “around the world”. last Sunday, as actor Will Smith smacked comedian Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
Smith, who later won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard, was faced with the possible Expulsion or Suspension from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences when he left the organization Friday.
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