Wanda Sykes slams Will Smith’s slap in the face as ‘still traumatised’

Hollywood may be moving on from Will Smith’s spectacular slap in the face by Chris Rock at the Oscars — but Wanda Sykes doesn’t forgive or forget.

The 58-year-old comedian – who co-hosted the awards show when Smith stormed the stage and slapped Comedian Rock in the face – says she is “still traumatized” almost two months after the incident.

Sykes admitted this in a new interview with People magazine, adding that she was appalled that the actor wasn’t kicked out of the theater after the violent incident.

“I can’t talk about it. I get emotional,” she said. “I couldn’t believe he was still sitting there, like a – – hole. Shouldn’t you be sitting there with a lawyer or the LAPD, motherf–ker?”

Sykes told the publication that she believes Smith played because he was struggling with personal issues – but she doesn’t have much sympathy.

“I hope he gets his s–t together. Until then, f–k him,” she explained bluntly.

Sykes hosted the Oscars the night Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock.  She is pictured center with her co-hosts Amy Schumer (left) and Regina Hall (right).
Sykes hosted the Oscars the night Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock. She is pictured center with her co-hosts Amy Schumer (left) and Regina Hall (right).
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It’s not the first time the comedian has spoken out against Smith since the March 27 slap.

Two days after the incident, Sykes appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and said she was upset that the actor was not escorted from the event.

Less than an hour after the attack, Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard and even received a standing ovation from the audience.

“So they could have him stay in this room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is that? That’s just the wrong message,'” Sykes told DeGeneres. “You attack someone, they escort you out of the building and that’s it. I found it disgusting that they let him continue.”

She added: “I just felt so awful for my friend Chris. It was disgusting. I felt physically ill.”

Sykes has not held back in criticizing Smith's behavior.  Just two days after the attack, she told Ellen DeGeneres it was her "Sick" by attacking Rock.
Sykes has not held back in criticizing Smith’s behavior. Just two days after the attack, she told Ellen DeGeneres that she was “disgusted” by his attack on Rock.
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Sykes isn’t the only star to publicly criticize Smith for the attack – which came after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.

Comedian Jim Carrey said he sued Smith, while Steve Harvey said he lost “a lot of respect” for Smith.

Meanwhile, the ‘Independence Day’ actor is keeping a low profile following the attack.

Will Smith (R) smacks Chris Rock onto stage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, on March 27, 2022.
Smith (right) beat Rock onstage at the Oscars after the comic made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness.

Last month, Smith was spotted in Mumbai, India, amid reports he has still not apologized to Rock for the on-camera attack.

However, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following the uproar over his actions, and he was also banned from all Academy events for the next 10 years.

Elsewhere, Rock has kept a low profile – but did mention the slap during a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London last Thursday night.

Less than an hour after the attack, Smith received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "King Richard."
Less than an hour after the attack, Smith received the Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard.

“I’m fine, in case anyone was wondering,” joked Rock. “I have regained most of my hearing. . . [But] who says ‘words hurt’ – has never been slapped in the face.”

The prankster said he wouldn’t discuss the incident further – unless he received a hefty check from a streaming service.

“People expect me to talk about the cops – – t. I won’t talk about it now. Eventually I’ll get to it – on Netflix,” he joked.

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