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Tyler Perry Clarifies His Interaction With Will Smith After Oscar Slap



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By now, a large percentage of the population is aware of Will Smith striking Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and the scenes of Tyler Perry and Denzel Washington at Smith’s side shortly afterward. During Monday’s conversation with Gayle King as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Directors Series in New York City, Perry addressed the issue that took place at the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony.

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Many questioned the assumed comfort given to Smith by both Washington and Perry, but the Madea star and creator had this to say during his interview with King.

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Since the incident, Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for ten years, released an apologetic statement, seen his projects be put on hold and has largely stayed out of sight. Meanwhile, Chris Rock has moved on with comedy gigs. In the meantime, Perry is offering clarification as to his role on that eventful evening. The filmmaker went on to say:

Perry, who has had his life experiences with tough times and trauma, agreed that Smith’s outburst was “wrong and in no uncertain terms, and I made sure I said that to Will.” He added:

Tyler Perry further stated that as someone who could relate to being a child unable to protect his mother, if that trauma is not dealt with right away, it will show up in the most inappropriate, most horrible time as you get older.