Jay Leno was “disturbed” by Will Smith’s obscenities after he hit Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The 71-year-old TV presenter claimed that Will – who smacked comedian Chris in the face after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head less than an hour before he took his Best Actor statuette for his role in ‘King Richard’ at the Oscar ceremony in March – showed “real anger” with the harsh words he shouted immediately after the attack.
He said: “For me, the thing that bothered me the most was not the slap, as he smirked somewhat after he slapped Chris. It was a scream of obscenity. Then you go, ‘Gee. What’s going on here?’ This is really anger.”
Presenting the award at the ceremony, Chris said: “Jada, love ya. ‘GI Jane 2’, can’t wait to see it” and although Will laughed at first, Jada looked unimpressed and Will then walked up to the stage, hit the presenter and walked away again.
Will then shouted from his seat: “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth……”
Since the incident, the ‘Bad Boys’ star has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been banned from the ceremony for a decade, with the board set to launch a formal investigation but the former ‘Tonight Show’ host left. to question the need for one.
Speaking to the Palm Beach Daily News, Jay said: “What are you investigating? It had to be the most recorded attack in history. I looked at the back of his shoe, I saw Chris’ ears. There were so many cameras on this scene. What are you investigating? I know sometimes things are the way they are.”