Tyler Perry says Will Smith was ‘triggered’ earlier than slapping Chris Rock at Oscars, was ‘devastated’ after


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Tyler Perry admitted being associates with Will Smith and Chris Rock following the notorious Oscars slap has been “difficult.”

Perry opened up throughout a panel on the Tribeca Movie Competition about what was truly taking place when the {photograph} of him speaking to Smith was taken instantly following the slap throughout the Oscars ceremony on March 27.

Smith slapped Rock whereas the comic was presenting the Oscar for greatest documentary function.

“There’s a difference between comforting and deescalating, that’s No. 1. And I left early to get to Chris to make sure he was okay,” Perry advised host Gayle King. “Being friends with both of them has been very difficult.”

Tyler Perry clarified that he wasn't comforting Will Smith at the Oscars following the now infamous slap.

Tyler Perry clarified that he wasn’t comforting Will Smith on the Oscars following the now notorious slap.
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“Trust me, as painful as it was for all of us in the room, it was as painful for Chris, who was a pure champion for the way he handled it,” he added. “But I want you to understand that something happened that was extremely painful for [Will] as well. That is no excuse. He was completely wrong for what he did. But something triggered him — that is so out of everything he is.”

Perry revealed Smith was “devastated” instantly following the slap.

“And I’ll tell you, when we walked over to him, he was devastated. He couldn’t believe what happened. He couldn’t believe he did it,” the filmmaker/actor recalled of Smith’s demeanor. “I’m looking at this man in his eyes going, ‘What are you doing? This is your night.’ And to get all the way to this moment, winning an Oscar, that was one of the crowning moments of his career that he wanted so desperately, and to have something like that happen….”

Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage while the comedian was presenting the award for best documentary feature during the Oscars ceremony on March 27.

Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage whereas the comic was presenting the award for greatest documentary function throughout the Oscars ceremony on March 27.
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“I think he is very much in reflection of trying to figure out what happened,” Perry added. “Because what I’ll tell you is I just read his book, and there’s this moment about not being able to protect his mother [as a child]. I know that feeling — I’m getting chills just thinking about it. I know that feeling of being a man and thinking about the little boy. And if that trauma is not dealt with right away, as you get older it will show up in the most inappropriate, most horrible time. I know Will. I know him well.”

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Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head whereas presenting an award. The actress suffers from alopecia and has been outspoken about her situation.

Smith went on to win the award for greatest actor that night time, however was later banned from attending any occasions by the Academy.

He apologized to Rock through Instagram following the bodily altercation.

Pinkett Smith has referred to as for the 2 to “reconcile.”

“Now about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile,” she mentioned throughout a latest episode of “Red Table Talk.”

Rock went on to present the award while Smith won best actor that same night.

Rock went on to current the award whereas Smith received greatest actor that very same night time.
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Nevertheless, a supply advised “Entertainment Tonight” that Rock is “not concerned with the Smiths at the moment.”

“He’s touring, and he’s preparing for a comedy special,” the supply added.

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