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Michael Bay doesn’t ‘really care’ about Will Smith slap

Michael Bay doesn’t “really care” about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Bay, who directed Smith in “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II,” was not watching the 2022 Oscars live, but was flooded with texts about the incident.

“I wasn’t watching. I saw it. First of all, it’s wrong to begin with,” Bay told Yahoo! Entertainment.

“I don’t really care. Hollywood gets very self-absorbed. There are babies getting blown up in the Ukraine right now. We should be talking about that. I really don’t care.”

Bay added, “I’ve worked with him. He’s not that guy. I’ve never seen him lose his cool like that. I thought it was a setup because I saw his smirk. I’ve been on set when Will has screwed with people and joked with people.”

“It was a slap. Not a punch. He’s very good at fighting, he’s trained at that. It’s wrong to begin with. Then I knew the yell… he was mad.”

Michael Bay attends the premiere of "Ambulance" at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California, on April 4, 2022.
Michael Bay directed Will Smith in “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II.”
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Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage during the show  at the 94th Academy Awards
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Academy Awards.
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Will Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
Will Smith resigned from the Academy following the Chris Rock slap.
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The “Transformers” director was asked about the slap while promoting his new movie “Ambulance,” which opens in theaters on April 8. 

Smith has since apologized to Rock in an Instagram post, saying his actions were “unacceptable and inexcusable.” 

He also announced his resignation from the Academy following the outburst, and the Academy promised a formal disciplinary review.

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