Terry Crews says Will Smith’s Oscars punishment ‘didn’t match the crime’


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Actor Terry Crews does not assume Will Smith’s Oscars punishment “fits the crime.”

Crews gave his ideas on Smith slapping Chris Rock throughout a current interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Smith slapped Rock onstage on the 2022 Academy Awards after the comic made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head.

“Both Will Smith and Chris Rock are dear, dear friends of mine. I love them both as brothers,” Crews informed the outlet.

“But there was a time in my life [where] I was Will Smith at that moment, and let me tell you, I’ve done worse than Will. Way overkill, just … the punishment did not fit the crime.

Terry Crews doesn't think Will Smith's Oscars punishment

Terry Crews does not assume Will Smith’s Oscars punishment “fit the crime.”


“People were like, ‘What in the world are you doing?’ My wife even had to be like, ‘You got to promise me you will never go off like this. You did not need to pick this man up and put him on his head, on the concrete.'”

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Crews was particularly speaking in regards to the time he obtained right into a combat with somebody asking for his autograph. The “White Chicks” actor obtained bodily with the person after he allegedly made a remark about Crews’ pregnant spouse.

“I was like, ‘Why did I do this?’ I couldn’t control myself,” Crews recalled.

Crews additionally recalled a time he was within the place of Rock. The actor was as soon as allegedly groped by a “high-level Hollywood executive” whereas at a celebration in 2016. Crews stated he “chose to be in control.”

“It wasn’t until I was Chris Rock literally in that moment — when I was assaulted by agent Adam Venit — and I chose to be in control. I chose to hold everything together. It could have descended into chaos,” he stated of the 2016 incident. “It would’ve been the end of me. The time that I was Chris was the time that saved my life.”

Venit didn’t instantly reply to Each day Put up Digital’s request for remark.

Smith hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Smith hits presenter Chris Rock on stage whereas presenting the award for greatest documentary characteristic on the Oscars March 27, 2022, on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
(AP Photograph/Chris Pizzello)

If Rock had reacted to the slap any otherwise, Crews stated Hollywood would have misplaced all “respect.”

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“When I look back, by what Chris did, by just deciding to hold everything together, it … in a lot of ways saved Hollywood. Because if there would’ve been a brawl on that stage, I don’t know if Hollywood would’ve ever gotten any respect again, you know? It’s hard to even imagine what would’ve happened.”

Smith was banned from attending any Academy Award occasions for the following ten years. The punishment got here after the actor resigned from the academy.

Earlier than the resignation and punishment, Smith publicly apologized to Rock through Instagram.

Smith apologized to Rock on Instagram following the awards show.

Smith apologized to Rock on Instagram following the awards present.
(Foto AP/Chris Pizzello)

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith wrote partially on Instagram. “I was out of line and I was wrong.

“I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I need to be. There isn’t a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness.

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“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”


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