Lorraine Kelly slams Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock during Oscars


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Lorraine Kelly has joined the long list of celebrities weighing in on Will Smith striking Chris Rock live on-air at the Oscars 2022.

The Hancock actor, 53, who won his first Academy Award for King Richard, hit the comedian in the face after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s short haircut.

‘Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,’ said Chris as the camera panned to the unimpressed actress.

Once Will returned to his seat, he demanded Chris to: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.’

During Monday’s edition of her titular show, the 62-year-old host had a catch-up with showbiz correspondent Ross King, who detailed what went down before and after the shocking showdown.

While Ross highlighted the stars who dominated at this year’s Academy Awards, a compilation later showed him talking to various stars from the likes of Minnie Driver and Rebel Wilson about the physical altercation, where some expressed that violence was not the way to go.

The moment shocked fans and celebrities worldwide (Picture: REUTERS)

While agreeing with some of Hollywood’s elite, Lorraine also suggested that Will could have just given Chris a stern warning instead.

‘I think that’s absolutely right, he could have handled it slightly better shall we say, or it could have been one of those “I’ll see you after,” she added.

Lorraine also struggled to comprehend how stars claimed they didn’t ‘see it’ because they didn’t want to ‘comment’ over the situation.

The Bad Boys actor later picked up the gong for best actor for his role in King Richard, where he apologised to the Academy and his fellow nominees in an emotional, tear-filled speech telling the crowd: ‘Love will make you do crazy things.

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Chris’ comment referred to Demi Moore’s 1997 action movie G.I. Jane.

The film saw Demi’s character Jordan O’Neill shave her head as she embarks on grueling military training – which strips her femininity.

The Academy tweeted a statement reading: ‘The Academy does not condone violence of any form.

‘Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.’

Coronation Street actress Beverly Callard also poked fun at the controversy, before her chat with the presenter and said: ‘Don’t worry Lorraine, I’m not going to slap you.’

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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