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VIDEO | Kimmel addresses Will Smith-Chris Rock Slap at 2023 Oscars

Oscars host, Jimmy Kimmel opened the 2023 show by introducing some unofficial members of the ceremony’s “crisis team” to prevent any unexpected outbursts.
During his opening monologue at the Oscars 2023, he addressed last year’s slap by Will Smith.
At the 2022 ceremony, which also took place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head caused by her battle with alopecia she suffers from. Smith, who is married to Pinkett Smith, then walked on stage and slapped the comedian.
Smith later went on to win the award for Best Actor for his role in King Richard.
As the Oscars 2023 got underway, Kimmel made a joke about infamous moment at last year’s ceremony.
“We want you to have fun, we want you to feel safe and – most importantly – we want me to feel safe,” he said. “So we have strict policies in place. If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point in the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to give a 19-minute-long speech.
“No, but seriously – the Academy has a crisis team in place. If anything violent or unpredictable happens, just do what you did last year – nothing. Sit there and do absolutely nothing. Maybe even give the assailant a hug. And if any of you get mad at a joke and decide you want to come up here and get jiggy with it, it’s not gonna be easy.”


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