DJ Jazzy Jeff defends ‘Fresh Prince’ co-star Will Smith’s Oscars slap

DJ Jazzy Jeff is spinning a protection for outdated pal Will Smith following his controversial Oscars slap on March 27.

The “Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air” actor, 53, smacked Chris Rock through the 94th Academy Awards final month.

Jazzy Jeff, 57, held a Closed Sessions Legend Conversation at Dorian’s By way of the Report Store in Chicago final week the place he opened up about his good friend and outdated collaborator’s eruption onstage.

“Don’t get it twisted that it was one thing he was pleased with. It was a lapse in judgment, you realize?” the songwriter started.

The DJ went on, “I feel the factor that I’ve realized is I don’t know too many individuals that has had the least quantity of lapse of judgment than him.”

“I can identify 50 instances that [Smith] ought to’ve smacked the s – – t out of anyone and he didn’t,” Jeff continued. “So for him to have a lapse in judgment, he’s human. And I feel a whole lot of the criticism comes from the individuals who don’t assume folks like which are human.”

“Don’t get it twisted that it was one thing he was pleased with. It was a lapse in judgment, you realize?” Jazzy Jeff famous in regards to the incident involving Smith and Chris Rock on the Oscars.
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Smith’s “Unhealthy Boys” director Michael Bay additionally gave his tackle the incident, regardless of not tuning into the present. The filmmaker, 57, famous how the slap on the “Swap” singer’s half was ill-timed.

“I wasn’t watching,” Bay advised Yahoo! Entertainment. “I noticed it. To start with, it’s fallacious to start with. I don’t actually care. Hollywood will get very self-absorbed. There are infants getting blown up within the Ukraine proper now. We needs to be speaking about that. I actually don’t care.”

The “Transformers” director added, “I’ve labored with him. He’s not that man. I’ve by no means seen him lose his cool like that. I assumed it was a setup as a result of I noticed his smirk. I’ve been on set when Will has screwed with folks and joked with folks. It was a slap. Not a punch. He’s excellent at combating, he’s skilled at that. It’s fallacious to start with. Then I knew the yell … he was mad.”

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith attend Peacock's new drama series "Bel-Air" Los Angeles Drive-Into Experience & Pull-up Premiere Screening at Barker Hangar on February 09, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images for Peacock)
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith attended the premiere of Peacock’s “Bel-Air” reboot collectively final month.
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 27, 2022, US actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. - Academy governors on Friday began talks over sanctions against Will Smith for slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, with board members Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg among those invited to rule on the actor's fate. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The slap heard all over the world went down March 27 on the Oscars.
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On account of the smackdown, Smith has been banned from the Oscars ceremony for the subsequent decade. Nevertheless, he nonetheless will get to maintain the coveted Greatest Actor award obtained on the ceremony for his position within the drama “King Richard.”

Academy President David Rubin stated in a press release final week relating to the ban that Smith’s conduct was “unacceptable and dangerous.”

Rubin said, “We wish to categorical our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for sustaining his composure below extraordinary circumstances. We additionally wish to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for his or her poise and charm throughout our telecast.

“This motion we’re taking at this time in response to Will Smith’s conduct is a step towards a bigger purpose of defending the protection of our performers and company, and restoring belief within the Academy,” Rubin concluded.

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