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DJ Jazzy Jeff defends Fresh Prince co-star Will Smith’s Oscar win

DJ Jazzy Jeff spins a defense for old pal Will Smith, who follows his controversial Oscar gossip on March 27th.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor, 53, beat Chris Rock last month during the 94th Academy Awards.

Jazzy Jeff, 57, stopped Closed sessions Legends Talk at Dorian’s Through the Record Shop in Chicago last week, where he discussed his friend and old collaborator’s outburst on stage.

“Don’t misunderstand that he was proud of it. It was a misjudgment, you know?” The songwriter began.

The DJ continued, “I think what I’ve realized is that I don’t know too many people who have had the lowest level of misjudgment than he has.”

“I can name 50 times as many [Smith] “Should have slapped someone the s–t out and they didn’t,” Jeff continued. “So if he’s misjudged, he’s human. And I think a lot of the criticism comes from people who don’t think such people are human.”

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MARCH 12: DJ Jazzy Jeff performs live on stage with The Roots during the 15th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival at Hard Rock Stadium on March 12, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
“Don’t misunderstand that he was proud of it. It was a misjudgment, you know?” Jazzy Jeff mentioned the incident between Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars.
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Smith’s “Bad Boys” director Michael Bay also commented on the incident, although he didn’t tune in to the show. The 57-year-old filmmaker commented on what a hit the role of the “Switch” singer was was at the wrong time.

“I wasn’t watching,” Bay said Yahoo! entertainment. “I saw it. First off, it’s wrong to start with. I don’t care. Hollywood is getting very self-centered. That’s where babies get blown up Ukraine at the moment. We should talk about that. I really don’t care.”

The TRANSFORMERS director added, “I worked with him. He’s not that type. I’ve never seen him lose his composure like that. I thought it was a trap because I saw his grin. I was on set when Will was making out with people and cracking jokes. It was a hit. no punch He’s very good at fighting, he’s trained at it. It’s wrong in the first place. Then I knew the scream… it was insane.”

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 9: (LR) DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith attend Peacock's new drama series "Bel Air" Los Angeles Drive-Into Experience & Pull-up Premiere Screening at Barker Hangar on February 9, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images for Peacock)
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith attended the premiere of Peacock’s “Bel-Air” reboot together last month.
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 27, 2022, US actor Will Smith (R) punches US actor Chris Rock on stage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California .  - Academy governors on Friday began talks over sanctions against Will Smith for beating comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, with board members Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg invited to help decide the actor's fate.  (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The slap in the face, heard worldwide, went down at the Oscars on March 27th.
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As a result of the smackdown, Smith was barred from Oscars for the next decade. But he can still keep it coveted award for best leading actor received at the ceremony for his role in the drama King Richard.

Academy President David Rubin said in a statement regarding the ban last week that Smith’s behavior was “unacceptable and harmful.”

Rubin stated: “We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mr Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their composure and grace throughout our broadcast.

“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our artists and guests and restoring trust in the Academy,” concluded Rubin.

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