Canadian-American actor and comedian, Jim Carrey has come out swinging against Will Smith suggesting that he should've been arrested after the infamous slap against Chris Rock, and if he was Rock, he would've sued Smith for $200 million.
Carrey made the comments during an interview with Gayle King in a “CBS Mornings” interview that aired Tuesday where he also took aim at the audience of A-listers who applauded Will Smith when he received the Oscar for Best Actor, calling them "spineless".
“I was sickened. I was sickened by the standing ovation. Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore,” Carrey, 60, told King.
“I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous,” Carrey claimed.
“That insult is gonna last a very long time,” he continued. “If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [, that’s OK, but] you do not have the right to walk up onstage and smack somebody in the face ‘cuz they said words.”
During the interview, King suggested that the incident had “escalated,” Carrey was quick to interject: “It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated.”
“I wish him [Will Smith ] the best, I really do … He’s done great things. But that was not a good moment. It cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment. It was such a selfish moment that cast a pall over the whole thing.”
Meanwhile yesterday, Academy Award winner, Will Smith issued a direct apology to comedian Chris Rock, following the shocking Academy Awards incident where Smith walked on stage and assaulted Rock, over a joke on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith posted the apology directly to his Instagram account which read:
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith wrote.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
“The post continued, “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.” concludes Smith.
It should be noted that following the incident, host Chris Rock left the event after presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary feature and according to TMZ sources, Rock confirmed through a friend, that he had no idea that Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith was suffering from alopecia.