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OJ Simpson says he understands where Will Smith was coming from in his Oscars attack on Chris Rock

Will Smith discovered a supporter with a historical past of anger administration points in his nook as OJ Simpson chimed in on the slapdown on the Oscars, saying he felt the identical method when ‘each comic in the nation had an OJ routine.’ 

‘Look, I understood the sensation,’ mentioned the acquitted double-murder suspect in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

‘In my life, I’ve been by means of a variety of crap once I was elevating two younger youngsters and each comic in the nation had an OJ routine, and do not assume I would not need to [b**ch] slap a few them, however you bought to just accept that it is human.’ 

Smith, 53, stormed the stage at Sunday’s Oscars and slapped Rock, 57, after the comic made a GI Jane joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. 

Simpson, 74, who ended up being convicted for armed theft in Las Vegas in 2008 earlier than being paroled in 2017, mentioned he felt sympathetic towards Smith. But the disgraced NFL nice nicknamed Juice nonetheless mentioned the actor was mistaken to harm the comic over a ‘semi un-funny joke.’ 

‘Hey, look, it was unlucky,’ he mentioned in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday. ‘I believe Will was mistaken.’ 

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Simpson, 74, took to Twitter on Tuesday to put his two cents in about the Will Smith/Chris Rock debacle at the Oscars on Sunday night. Smith, 53, slapped Rock, 57, after the comedian made a GI Jane joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith's haircut

Simpson, 74, took to Twitter on Tuesday to place his two cents in concerning the Will Smith/Chris Rock debacle on the Oscars on Sunday night time. Smith, 53, slapped Rock, 57, after the comic made a GI Jane joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s haircut

The Juice said he felt sympathetic toward Smith, but still said the actor was wrong to hurt the comedian over a 'semi un-funny joke.' He said: 'Hey, look, it was unfortunate. I think Will was wrong. Look, I understood the feeling. In my life, I've been through a lot of crap when I was raising two young kids and every comedian in the country had an OJ routine, and don't think I wouldn't want to [b**ch] slap a couple of them, but you got to accept that it's human'

The Juice mentioned he felt sympathetic towards Smith, however nonetheless mentioned the actor was mistaken to harm the comic over a ‘semi un-funny joke.’ He mentioned: ‘Hey, look, it was unlucky. I believe Will was mistaken. Look, I understood the sensation. In my life, I’ve been by means of a variety of crap once I was elevating two younger youngsters and each comic in the nation had an OJ routine, and do not assume I would not need to [b**ch] slap a few them, however you bought to just accept that it is human’ 

Smith went on to win the award for finest male actor for his efficiency in King Richard and was allowed to present a rambling and teary speech where he apologized for his habits. 

The Academy will meet Wednesday to resolve whether or not to self-discipline Smith. 

Simpson went on to say that ‘after what occurred to me in Las Vegas,’ authorities would have put him in jail. He was convicted after trying to steal again what he claimed was his personal memorabilia at gunpoint at a resort on The Strip. He was sentenced to 33 years in jail earlier than being paroled. 

‘If I might have performed that in entrance of a billion individuals watching all over the world, they might have given me life with out [parole], I’m simply saying.’ 

Simpson is now a ‘utterly free man’ after being granted an early discharge from parole by the Nevada Parole Board. He was granted good habits credit and discharged from parole efficient December 1, 

‘Mr. Simpson is a very free man now,’ mentioned Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s lawyer in Las Vegas.

Rock declined the Los Angeles’ Police Department’s provide to file a report in opposition to the actor. If Rock have been to file at a later date, Smith might face a misdemeanor cost for battery. 

The LAPD confirmed Rock did not file a cost in an announcement, stating: ”The particular person concerned has declined to file a police report. If the concerned social gathering wishes a police report at a later date, LAPD shall be out there to finish an investigative report.’ 

Simpson wasn’t the one one to sentence Smith’s actions, with podcast large Joe Rogan, 54, saying on his podcast that the Men in Black actor solely acquired away with it due to his large title. 

‘It’s a uncommon occasion that somebody so enormously well-known and profitable like Will Smith that they actually nonetheless allowed him to not simply win the Academy Award, but in addition go up and settle for it and provides a speech after he assaulted a small comic on stage,’ he mentioned. 

He additionally anxious that ‘dumb individuals’ will now have license to begin attacking comedians after Smith stormed the Dolby Theatre stage Sunday and assaulted Rock. 

Smith stunned Rock with an open-handed slap after the funnyman made fun of Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head. As Rock insisted the joke was 'funny,' Smith left his seat and slapped him, then yelled 'keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth'

Smith shocked Rock with an open-handed slap after the funnyman made enjoyable of Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. As Rock insisted the joke was ‘humorous,’ Smith left his seat and slapped him, then yelled ‘preserve my spouse’s title out of your f**king mouth’

‘It units a horrible precedent in so many alternative methods,’ Rogan mentioned on his podcast on Tuesday. ‘It units a horrible precedent for comedy golf equipment. Like, are individuals going to resolve to go on stage and smack a comic now.’ 

Fellow actor Jim Carrey, 60, additionally mentioned he was ‘sickened by the standing ovation’ after Smith received his award. 

‘I felt like Hollywood is simply spineless en masse. It actually felt like it is a clear indication that we’re not the cool membership anymore,’ he mentioned on CBS Morning News. 

Benedict Cumberbatch, a fellow Best Actor nominee, in addition to Best Director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph have been a few of the stars who stood for Smith’s win. Venus and Serena Williams, whose father was portrayed by Smith in King Richard, additionally stood. 

Carrey, who briefly overlapped with Rock in the early 90s on Fox’s In Living Color, claimed Rock did not file expenses concerning the slap as a result of he ‘did not need the trouble’ and steered Smith ought to have been arrested.

‘I’d have introduced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million as a result of that video’s gonna be there eternally. It’s gonna be ubiquitous. That insult is gonna final a really very long time,’ Carrey mentioned.

The Mask actor appeared to point that expressing disapproval of the joke, saying one thing on Twitter and even yelling from the viewers wasn’t past the pale – however what Smith ended up doing crossed the road.

Rock was making a joke about Jada's haircut, comparing her to GI Jane

Rock was making a joke about Jada’s haircut, evaluating her to GI Jane  

Smith apologized for his actions on Instagram, writing that his 'behavior' 'was unacceptable and inexcusable'

Smith apologized for his actions on Instagram, writing that his 'behavior' 'was unacceptable and inexcusable'

Smith apologized for his actions on Instagram, writing that his ‘habits’ ‘was unacceptable and inexcusable’ 

'This is a season for healing and I'm here for it,' the actress posted to Instagram Tuesday, two days after the incident that stunned millions of viewers

‘This is a season for therapeutic and I’m right here for it,’ the actress posted to Instagram Tuesday, two days after the incident that shocked tens of millions of viewers

‘You wouldn’t have the correct to stroll up on stage and smack any individual on the face as a result of they mentioned phrases,’ Carrey mentioned.

The Ace Ventura star steered that one thing was ‘going on’ within Smith that triggered him to try this, and that he acted selfishly.

‘It did not escalate, it got here out of nowhere as a result of Will has one thing going on inside him that is annoyed and I want him one of the best, I actually do,’ Carrey mentioned. ‘I haven’t got something in opposition to Will Smith, he’s performed nice issues.

‘It cast a pall over all people’s shining second, lots of people labored actually arduous to get to that place,’ The Truman Show star added. ‘It is not any imply feat to undergo all of the stuff it’s important to undergo while you get nominated for an Oscar. It’s a gauntlet of devotion. It was only a egocentric second.’

Carrey’s feedback come as The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who can also be a member of the Academy board of governors, mentioned she believes Smith will be capable of preserve his Oscar however will face ‘large penalties as a result of no person is okay with what occurred.’

Disciplinary motion might embody something from forcing Smith at hand again his Oscar to essentially the most extreme punishment – suspension from the Academy – which might put Smith among the many ranks of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Crosby, who have been each expelled for sexual misconduct. 

Goldberg doubled down on her promise to punish Smith throughout Tuesday’s present, saying, ‘There are penalties. There are large penalties as a result of no person is okay with what occurred. Nobody, no person, no person.’ 

The host additionally defined that producer Will Packer determined to not take away Smith from the occasion, ‘as a result of that may have been one other 15 [to] 20 minute-explanation about why we’re taking the black man out 5 seconds earlier than they’re about to resolve whether or not he’s received an Oscar or not.’

‘I imagine [producer] Will Packer made the correct choice, he mentioned let’s get to the remainder of this so we will cope with it wholeheartedly,’ Goldberg mentioned, including ‘this isn’t the primary time craziness has occurred on stage, however that is the primary time we have seen anyone assault anyone on stage.’

Goldberg additionally addressed why nobody comforted Rock after the incident, whereas a number of individuals appeared to assist Smith.

‘The factor I additionally want to inform individuals is that the rationale nobody acquired as much as go consolation Chris is as a result of they weren’t going to let anybody else on stage… There have been individuals there for Chris,’ she mentioned.

She added that the rationale individuals went over to Smith is ‘individuals thought Oh my god, is he having a break? Do we have to get him out? What do we have to do?’  

Two days after the incident, Jada, 50, lastly broke her silence with an Instagram submit that learn: ‘This is a season for therapeutic and I’m right here for it.’ She has remained quiet for the reason that dramatic occasions unfolded Sunday night time. 

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