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Tyler Perry says Will Smith ‘was devastated’ immediately after Oscars slap

Tyler Perry says Will Smith was devastated in the moments after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Tyler Perry says Will Smith was devastated in the moments after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.The filmmaker was one of the ones rallying around Smith in the wake of the shocking moment stemming from a G.I. Jane joke Rock made at Jada Pinkett Smiths expense reportedly unaware she has alopecia. Perry also defended his own actions saying he was not Smith but de escalating the situation.Perry told Gayle King Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival via People magazine. And I left early to get to Chris to make sure he was OK. Being friends with both of them has been very difficult.

The filmmaker was one of the ones rallying around Smith in the wake of the shocking moment stemming from a G.I. Jane joke Rock made at Jada Pinkett Smiths expense reportedly unaware she has alopecia. Perry also defended his own saying he was not comforting Smith but de escalating the situation.Perry said he was there close up on March 27 as he was paying tribute to Sidney Poiter during the in memoriam segment and what Smith did was wrong in no uncertain terms. I made sure I said that to Will.Will Smith hit Chris Rock as Rock presented on stage during the 94th Academy Awards. Once Smith returned to his seat he continued to shout obscenities at Rock.

Smith of course went on to be awarded the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard soon after taking the stage and making an acceptance speech. He received a standing ovation.Perry said he thinks Smith who has apologized publicly to Rock and was banned from the Oscars for 10 years is very much in reflection of trying to figure out what happened.However he pointed to part of Smiths 2021 memoir Will in which the future Ali star recalled at age 9 witnessing his father punch his mother in the side of the head so hard she collapsed. Smith wrote that he long felt like a coward for failing her and not standing up his father in that moment. He contemplated killing his father to avenge his mother.

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