General News

Alec Baldwin defends Chris Rock after Will Smith Oscars slap

Alec Baldwin compared the 2022 Oscars to “The Jerry Springer Show” while tweeting his support for Chris Rock.

“I am not reading much about how, or even if, the producers attended to Chris,” Baldwin wrote on Monday about the comedian being slapped onstage by Will Smith for making a joke about his wife.

“But I love you, @chrisrock,” added the actor. “And I’m sorry the Oscars turned into the Jerry Springer show.”

During film’s biggest night, Smith rushed the stage and smacked Rock for making a bald joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.

The actor then returned to his seat and twice shouted at the comedian to “keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”

Rock was visibly shaken but tried to keep the evening on track — so much so that half the internet was convinced the slap was scripted.

ABC executive Rob Mills — who was sitting in the Oscars production trailer with showrunners at the time — confirmed that the quip was ad-libbed and the slap was real.

Mills told Variety it was not until the team heard curse words that they realized the severity of the situation.

“You started to realize this is real once Chris, who certainly knows the limits of broadcast standards, said, ‘Will Smith slapped the s–t out of me,’” he explained. “That’s when it became obvious that this was not a joke.”

Alec Baldwin attends an event in 2019
Alec Baldwin tweeted out his support for Chris Rock after Will Smith’s Oscars slap.
AFP via Getty Images
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at 2022 Oscars
“I’m sorry the Oscars turned into the Jerry Springer show,” Baldwin said on Monday.
AFP via Getty Images

Mills said that if the show had been pre-taped, “we would have stopped down. Things would have been addressed. But here, you have to remember you’ve got a show to do. Obviously this was something that was unfortunate, but it was not to a degree that you think, ‘OK, we need to just stop the entire show.’ And the show just kind of went on.”

The Academy has since launched a “formal review” into the incident and will “explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”

Minutes after the debacle, Smith won Best Actor for his role in “King Richard,” a biographical film in which he played Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams.

During his acceptance speech, he apologized to everyone except Rock. On Monday afternoon, however, Smith took to social media to apologize to Rock for his “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” actions.

Ironically, Baldwin knows a thing or two about coming to his wife’s defense. The actor took to Instagram in December 2020 to defend Hilaria Baldwin from online hate after it was revealed that her real name is Hillary and she was born in Boston, not Spain.

And while no punches were thrown, Baldwin settled a lawsuit earlier this year stemming from a 2018 scuffle over a parking space.

About the author

Tina Sanders

Tina is the mind behind Gruntstuff.com, and she ideated it when she was working for an online magazine company where she used to cover US-based headlines news. She holds a degree in journalism and has more than 4.5 years of experience in an online magazine company. She had the idea while working there but when she was quite sure about starting something on her own, she took the risk and left the job to start Gruntstuff. Since then she added a few team members, and along with them, she creates General US news content on the site.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment