Of course, “Saturday Night Live” had to acknowledge The Slap.
The April 2 episode of the sketch comedy show (featuring comedian/actor Jerrod Carmichael as host and rapper Gunna as musical guest) saw Will Smith win the now-infamously repeated (and again) Oscars throughout the show. In slap-faced Chris Rock, coldly open and open the monologue to “Weekend Update” and a parody sketch.
First up: Cold Open, a “Fox and Friends” parody featuring a FaceTime call from former President Donald Trump, who was asked by the co-host if he had seen the “famous slap.”
James Austin Johnson as Trump said, “I saw the slap, I enjoyed the slap,” before starting a rant about Smith’s 2005 romantic comedy, “Hitch.”
“I was very impressed with my ‘Hitch,'” he continued. “Quite a hand on ‘Hitch,’ I always knew ‘Hitch’ had a hand.”
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Host Jerrod Carmichael: ‘I’m not gonna talk about it’
Host Jerrod Carmichael even acknowledged the incident in his monologue, making it clear that he was sick of the endless discourse after a week.
The comedian and actor began his monologue, “I’m not gonna talk about it… I keep talking about it, you can’t talk to me about it.” “Do you want to talk about it? Aren’t you sick of talking about it? Can you believe it’s been six days? It was a week ago. Doesn’t it feel like it was years ago?” happened?”
And he concluded with a call to action from one of the few public figures who have yet to weigh in on the incident: former President Barack Obama.
“Hey Bee, what’s up, man? Real quick: You’re chilling right now?” Carmichael addressed the politician. “You inspired us all to hope and change and unfortunately I have some news for you, Barack. You’re not going to like it. We need you because I think you need to talk about it.” The nation needs to heal.”
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‘Oscars’ spoof spotlights seat filler next to Will Smith
And “SNL” hasn’t stopped talking about it, either. Carmichael plays the seat filler at the Oscars, who approaches Smith (Chris Redd) to take a selfie with his “hero” just as Rock rises to the stage.
“I’ll be back now, man,” Reds Smith said to the seat filler before a slap could be heard off-camera.
“Hey, where are you from, man?” Smith returned to his seat and continued on without skipping a beat. Then he launched in his infamous “Keep my wife’s name out of your (disrespectful) mouth” line.
“So anyway, how about that selfie, man?” He asked. “No, it’s okay, I put my phone away,” answered Carmichael.
Smith elicited light conversation and the seat fillers around him aloud. “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” he shouted before vowing to incorporate the line into his speech.
Colin Jost jokes about defending wife Scarlett Johansson on ‘Weekend Update’
“Weekend Update” also devoted a large portion of his jokes to the incident. Co-host Colin Jost joked that Smith “set a terrible precedent for defending his wife on the awards show.” (Jost is married to actress Scarlett Johansson.)
Several NSFW jokes later, Jost compared the viral incident to the Super Bowl, “If Janet (Jackson)’s nipple slapped Timberlake.”
And the host welcomed OJ Simpson (Kenan Thompson) for further commentary on the incident.
“In my humble opinion, Will Smith probably overreacted,” said Thompson’s Simpson. Addressing the actor directly, he said: “I don’t want to say that you have anger issues, but hey – if the glove fits.”
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The Rock has hosted “SNL” three times in the past 25 years, most recently in 2020. Smith never appeared, but a number of comedians have influenced him over the years, including current cast member Chris Redd.
What happened to – and since then – the Oscars?
The week since the Oscars event has been a whirlwind.
Smith slapped The Rock during Sunday’s awards show as the comedian joked about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith and their bald head — Pinkett Smith has been open about living with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. causes shedding.
Minutes later, Smith tearfully accepted his first Oscar for his lead performance as Serena and Venus Williams’ father in “King Richard.” During the speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees for his actions, but did not apologize to Rock until the next day.
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The saga did not end here. With every celebrity from Oscar co-hosts Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer to Zoe Kravitz and Tiffany Haddish taking sides, reports surfaced that the Academy considered removing Smith from the show, with Pinkett Smith talking about “healing” on social media. and The Rock addressed the incident. The first was during a comedy show on Wednesday, telling viewers that he was “still processing the same kind of processing that happened” and didn’t plan to discuss it in detail yet.
Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the organization behind the Oscars) on Friday, citing his “shocking, painful and unforgivable” actions.
Smith continued, “The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and the global audience at home.” “I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I denied the other nominees and winners the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.”
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Smith said he wanted to “focus on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”