Wanda Sykes Reveals What Chris Rock Told Her After ‘Sickening’ Oscars Incident

Oscars co-host Wanda Sykes broke her silence on the fiasco during Sunday’s awards show and revealed that Chris Rock apologized to her after being slapped on stage by Will Smith.

Sykes, who hosted Sunday night alongside fellow comedians Regina Hall and Amy Schumer, said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday that she saw Rock at an Oscars after-party and “the first thing he said was, ‘I’m so sorry.'”

“And I’m like, ‘Why are you apologizing?'” she recalled. “And he goes, ‘It was supposed to be your night. You, Amy and Regina were doing such a great job. I am really sorry. Now it’s going to be about that.

Smith stunned viewers around the world when he took to the Oscars stage and assaulted Rock, who had just told a “GI Jane” joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. She suffers from alopecia and has shaved her head because of her condition.

Smith went on to win Best Actor for his role in “King Richard,” a biopic about Richard Williams, the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams.

The actor cried during his acceptance speech and, seemingly referencing what he had just done, said “love will make you do crazy things.”

The next day, he apologized to Rock and all the other witnesses to the incident. Police say Rock declined to press charges.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said later Wednesday that Smith was asked to quit the Oscars after punching Rock, but declined. The academy also said its board of directors met on Wednesday to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for breaching the group’s standards of conduct.

The jaw-dropping attack eclipsed everything else at the Oscars, including a number of historic wins.

“It was sickening,” Sykes told DeGeneres. “I felt bad physically, and I’m still a little traumatized.”

“And for them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How disgusting is that? It’s just the wrong message.

“He apologized to Chris,” Sykes acknowledged, but noted that she and her co-hosts had worked hard to put the show together and “no one has apologized to us.”

Schumer also weighed in on the drama on Wednesday. In an Instagram post, she said the incident was “disturbing” but her friend Rock “handled it like a pro”.

She said she was “still waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we have all witnessed”.


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