Veteran Awards host Ricky Gervais has some thoughts on Will Smith’s Oscar slap

The day after Will Smith’s Oscar slap, various celebrities have weighed in on the matter. Some berated Smith for his on-air actions, while others criticized Chris Rock, the recipient of the punch in the face, for the joke he made about Jada Pinkett Smith. One of the latest stars to enter the discussion is actor and comedian Ricky Gervais, who has hosted his fair share of award shows in the past. The star was specifically candid about Rock’s joke and offered her thoughts on Smith’s state of mind during the altercation.

Ricky Gervais has never been one to mince words, as those who’ve seen his stand-up shows and award-winning monologues probably know. Given his status as an edgy comedian and five-time Golden Globes host, it was only a matter of time before he was asked about the Will Smith incident. Giving his two cents, Gervais said he didn’t consider Chris Rock’s joke an “insult” and didn’t believe the comedian was trying to humiliate Jada Pinkett Smith:

There was nothing mean about it, there was nothing unflattering about it. It was really tame. You could say that to a child at a barbecue. … There was nothing to embarrass him.

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