Steve Harvey ‘lost’ respect for Will Smith after Oscar smack

Steve Harvey isn’t too happy about a Hollywood feud.

Nearly two months after Will Smith’s infamous slap at the Oscars, Harvey, 65, addressed the event during a speech at Georgia State University.

The Family Feud host called the Focus actor’s move a “punk move” and said he “lost a lot of respect for him,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which first reported the event.

The author of “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” then remarked how his faith would have helped him had he been in a similar situation.

“I’m a Christian, but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2. That’s the Christian level I can work on,” Harvey said.

He added: “If you beat TD Jakes, he turns the other cheek. You hit me? If you lean back in your seat, Jada would have to get out of the way. That’s the kind of Christian I am.”

Smith, 53, caused an uproar when he slapped presenter Chris Rock at the Academy Awards on March 27 after a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

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Harvey called Smith’s move a “punk move”.
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As a result of the incident, the “King Richard” actor was banned from the Oscars for 10 years. However, he was able to keep the trophy for the Best Actor award, which he scored that same evening. “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a statement last month.

Smith also announced that he was retiring from the academy. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” he said at the time.

“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone present and the global audience back home,” he added.

Rock, 57, made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness during the TV show in March. The 50-year-old suffers from alopecia, a condition that is associated with massive hair loss.

Chris Rock used the stage time to clap back at Will Smith.
Smith knocked out Rock’s Bejesus during the Oscars broadcast on March 27.
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The Gotham actress addressed the controversial moment on her Facebook watch show Red Table Talk last month.

“In light of what has happened over the past few weeks, the Smith family has focused on deep healing,” read a cover card at the beginning of the April 20 episode.

“Some of the discoveries surrounding our healing will be shared around the table when the time calls,” the message continues. “Until then, the table continues to offer powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.” The episode was taped ahead of the Academy Awards and featured Janelle Monáe as a special guest.

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