Oscars Co-Host Wanda Sykes Slams Academy Over ‘Sickening’ Reaction To Will Smith Slap

Wanda Sykes On Will Smith: The American comedian has weighed in on the controversial Oscars slap.
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Oscars co-host Wanda Sykes has slammed the Academy over its reaction to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock when the comedian made a joke about the actor’s wife. 

The American actress and comedian appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she opened up about the ‘sickening’ incident.

She told the host: “For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award… I was like, ‘How gross is this?’.”

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“This is just the wrong message. You assault somebody, you get escorted out of the building, and that’s it.

“But for them to let him continue, I thought it was gross. I wanted to be able to run out after he won and say, ‘Unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight…’.”

She added: “It was sickening. I felt physically ill and I’m still a little traumatised by it.”

Sykes then recalled where she was when it took place. She explained that at the time, she had been returning to the theatre.

The 53-year-old said: “When I got to the monitor backstage, I just saw Will leaving the stage, and everything was quiet. And I was like, ‘What happened, what happened?!'”

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Afterwards, Sykes explained that she watched a replay of the incident and it made her feel sick.

The Hollywood star also told DeGeneres that although Smith issued a statement about the incident, she and the event’s other co-hosts didn’t receive an apology.

She remarked: “We worked really hard to put that show together – so I’m like, what the hell is this?

“We were the hosts, this is ‘our house,’ we’re gonna take care of y’all tonight and no one has apologised to us.

“And we worked really had to put that show together.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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