- Sykes said she’s still “traumatized” by Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars, according to People.
- “I could not believe he was still sitting there, like an asshole,” Sykes said at a stand-up performance.
- Sykes cohosted the Oscars with Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
Wanda Sykes gave her thoughts on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars while she was on her comedy-tour stop in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night, according to People.
“I’m still traumatized,” Sykes told the audience, who had a front-row seat to the incident as she was a cohost of the Oscars alongside Amy Schumer and Regina Hall. “I can not talk about it. I get emotional.”
However, Sykes then went on to give her take on what she witnessed.
“I could not believe he was still sitting there, like an asshole,” Sykes said of Smith, who went back to his seat after striking Rock and remained at the ceremony until winning best actor.
She continued: “Shouldn’t you be sitting there with a lawyer or LAPD, motherfucker?”
Smith slapped Rock after the comedian joked that Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, should star in “GI Jane 2,” a reference to the 1997 movie starring Demi Moore, who had a shaved head in the film.
Pinkett Smith has previously spoken about having alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.
“I hope he gets his shit together,” Sykes added of Smith. “Until then, fuck him.”
The day following the Academy Awards, Smith issued an apology on his Instagram account, calling his actions “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which holds the Oscars, later banned the actor from all Academy events for the next decade.