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Eric Adams says Will Smith shouldn’t have to give Oscar back

Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that Will Smith had a “bad day” when he slapped Chris Rock during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony and didn’t have to return the Oscar he had won.

During an appearance on Fox 5, Adams explained that while “violence is never the answer,” Smith shouldn’t be judged too harshly for his actions when he couldn’t control his “passion.”

“Violence is never the answer. It’s a painful moment,” he told Good Day New York.

“But you know, sometimes when you’re dealing with it [an] illness of a loved one, you get emotional,” he added. “And sometimes we need to reconsider our actions and not react with passion.”

When asked by moderator Rosanna Scotto if the ‘King Richard’ actor should be forced to return the best actor award he won that night, the retired NYPD crack-down captain replied, “I don’t think he should do that.”

Will Smith poses with his trophy at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Will Smith poses with his trophy at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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"we all have bad days" said Adams.
“We all have bad days,” Adams said.
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“The worst day of our lives shouldn’t be the description of our entire life,” Adams continued. “You know, Will Smith was a great actor, a philanthropist. He was a real leader. I think he was having a bad day. And you know, I don’t think we should define his whole life – we all have bad days. I have bad days, you know?”

“It was a bad day, force should never be used, but I think Will – he apologized, he said he was wrong, he’s embarrassed,” the mayor added. “I think we should accept his apology.”

Industry insiders previously told The Post. Smith could be asked to return his best actor statuette after his live TV hit by Rock.

Chris Rock and Will Smith shortly after the infamous slap.
Chris Rock and Will Smith shortly after the infamous slap.
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Adam’s comments about the shocking moment came after he declined to share his thoughts on the controversy on Monday.

“I was in the subway station last night. I don’t have time for TV,” Adams told reporters at a Queens daycare.

During the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night, Smith, 53, took to the stage and openly punched Rock, 57, in the head after the comedian hinted that the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, looked like the buzz cut starring Demi Moore in the 1997 film GI Jane.

Smith later apologized during his acceptance speech at the Academy.
Smith later apologized during his acceptance speech at the Academy.

Smith — who initially laughed at Rock’s joke while his wife rolled her eyes — returned to his seat and yelled twice at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”

“Wow dude that was a ‘GI Jane’ joke,” replied a stunned Rock, before quipping, “That was, uh, the greatest night in television history.”

Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia and has been vocal in recent years about her experience with the hair loss that the condition causes.

Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia and shaved her head last year.
Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia and shaved her head last year.
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Smith has since apologized to Rock, saying in an Instagram post on Monday that his behavior was “out of line” and that he was “embarrassed”.

Also on Wednesday, during his morning television appearance, Adams continued to defend his new effort to sweep homeless encampments — insisting that the city’s more than 400 notoriously dangerous and run-down facilities, which serve to temporarily house about 45,000 homeless people, are the best options for those be on the street.

“It’s the safest place for the homeless,” he said on Fox 5. “We will always improve our shelter system. I have been to unannounced shelters everywhere because I want to see the product, I want to ensure that people have a decent living environment with dignity. There is no dignity in living on the street.”

Smith poses with his wife and children at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
Smith poses with his wife and children at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
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The Post reported earlier this month that many homeless residents say they would rather take their chances on the street than enter a system they say has roaches in food and mice crawling on beds, as well as constant ones home to violence and theft.

The mayor also again vowed to fix the “bureaucratic nightmare” that The Post reported that left an estimated 2,500 city-funded apartments empty for the Big Apple’s homeless and hapless residents.

“There is a significant number of units that are vacant and we will put in place a real plan to expedite that,” he said on the morning program, adding the situation was “unacceptable.”

Adams addresses the UN on March 29.
Adams addresses the UN on March 29.
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“Too much bureaucracy and too little coordination. The team comes together to make sure we don’t make the mistakes of the past.”

Additionally, the mayor touted his anti-rule-breaking subway security initiative announced in February, noting that senior NYPD chiefs have begun patrolling the transit system.

“I’m on the subway almost every night,” Adams claimed. “We’re doing a great job executing the plan, our top leadership is down there, my bosses are down there, as is I.”

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