Tyler Perry has clarified the meaning of a photo with Will Smith taken immediately after the controversial Oscar smack.
Actor and producer Perry was spotted with Smith during the show’s first break after Bad Boys Star took to the stage and slammed Chris Rock because the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,” Rock said, referring to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith explained last year that she shaved her head after battling alopecia.
After hitting Rock, Smith returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Shortly thereafter, a video of Smith alongside Perry as well as Bradley Cooper and Denzel Washington was shared online. Smith, during his acceptance speech for Best Actor King Richard revealed later in the ceremony what Washington had whispered in his ear.
It was not clear what Perry had said until now, but in a conversation with Gayle King during the Tribeca Film Festival’s Directors Series on Monday (13 Ex girlfriend The actor explained that the articles in which he said he would “comfort” Smith were inaccurate.
“There is a difference between comforting and de-escalating” persons reports Perry at the New York event, adding, “That’s number one.”
He continued: “And I left early to get to Chris and make sure he was okay. Being friends with both of them was very difficult.”
Perry revealed what his exchange with Smith had been like, saying the actor’s behavior was “in no uncertain terms, and I made sure to tell Will that.”
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“And I can tell you, when we walked over to him, he was devastated. He couldn’t believe what had happened. He couldn’t believe he did it.’ I look this man in the eyes and I say, “What are you doing? This is your night.” And to get to this moment, to win an Oscar, it was one of the crowning moments of his career that he wanted so badly for something like this to happen.”
Smith apologized for the incident and, after resigning as a member of the Academy, had his Oscar privileges revoked for 10 years following an official decision by the awards panel.
Perry, who called Rock “a pure champion for the way he handled it,” continued, “But I want you to understand that something happened that was extremely painful for you [Smith] also. That is not an excuse. He was completely wrong in what he was doing. But something triggered it – it’s so out of the ordinary for what it is.”
In May, Rock made a joke about the Smith incident after Dave Chappelle was attacked by a bystander onstage in Los Angeles.
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