A day after the Oscars began to weather the incident that took the internet by storm, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro complained about Will Smith’s infamous slap in the face by Chris Rock at the awards show.
Her comments, which many on the internet have criticized as racist, came when Ms Pirro was asked about her evening programme The five for her perspective on the incident, to which she replied, “I think the Oscars aren’t the hood.”
Piers Morgan, a guest host on the Fox show, had a more measured reaction, but Ms Pirro decided to continue with her barrage, adding that she thought the Oscars “[is] no pub. I don’t think you’re marching onstage because some guy makes a joke about your wife that I honestly think is flattering.”
the King Richard The actor, who won Best Actor in a Leading Role at Sunday night’s ceremony, has since apologized to comedian Mr Rock and the Academy, saying he was “out of line” and “wrong”.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me to emotionally take,” Mr. Smith said in an apology sent specifically to Mr. Rock and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sciences was directed. “I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that while the A-list actor has apologized, Ms Pirro has decided to take the low road by likening a fight between two celebrated – and multimillionaire – Hollywood stars to “the hood”. . .
The Fox personality went on to say that she believes Mr Smith showed “Celebrity Privilege” during the episode and shouldn’t be invited to the Academy Awards.
She added that the Oscar winner took it upon himself to “disrupt the event, go on stage, commit onstage violence, then come back and curse so we can’t even show what on TV.” he says because he feels offended by a joke”.
Although Mr. Smith was not on American broadcasts, he could be heard yelling at Rock to keep Jada Pinkett Smith’s name out of his “fucking mouth” after snapping into place on international broadcasts they didn’t edit had returned to the full extent of his remarks.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has since condemned the actor’s actions and announced Monday that it had opened an investigation into the episode.
“We…will review additional actions and consequences consistent with our charter, our standards of conduct, and California law,” the statement said.