Howard Stern has slammed Hollywood for doing nothing when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after stars came to Dave Chapelle’s defense following his on-stage attack this week.
During Wednesday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show, the 68-year-old radio host pointed out the decidedly different reactions to the two similar incidents.
‘This guy jumped up on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,’ said Howard. ‘As soon as that happened, did they let him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife from him and then give them an award? Do not.
‘They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so bad…They f****** beat the s*** out of him.’
The outspoken radio DJ added: ‘Listen! You don’t treat Will Smith any different than they did the Chappelle attacker.
‘The audience at the Oscars gave Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack, that’s the truth. It’s on film, it’s not fake news.
‘They didn’t break Will’s hands, they shook them and it’s wrong and they all should be ashamed of themselves…
‘Unlike the Academy Awards, Jamie Foxx came running out on stage and helped Dave Chappelle.
‘At the Academy Awards, everyone came over and consoled Will Smith — because it was live television and Hollywood didn’t know what to do about Will Smith.’
He added that he found the difference in consequences an indication of ‘how f**ked up Hollywood is’: ‘Some people in the audience at the Academy Awards still should be very ashamed of themselves. I hope they are.’
At the Oscars, King Richard star Will went on to win his first-ever Academy Award after slapping Chris on stage, but at the Netflix event, the attacker was instantly apprehended.
On Tuesday night Dave was attacked while closing the four-day Netflix Is a Joke festival at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl.
At the time he had just made a joke about The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star.
The suspect, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, an aspiring rapper called NoName Trapper, who released a 2020 song called Dave Chappelle, stormed the stage and tackled the comedian to the ground.
He tried to flee but was immediately apprehended by security and dragged off stage before celebrity attendees like actor Jamie Foxx rushed to assist the Half Baked star.
Chris Rock, who also performed at the show, also checked on Dave then grabbed the mic and joked: ‘Was that Will Smith?’
Video later showed Lee with what appeared to be a badly dislocated arm as he was put in an ambulance.
The man will not face felony charges. He has, however, been hit with four misdemeanor charges.
Comedian Jimmy Carr, who was at the comedy show and posted a picture of himself with Chappelle, tweeted after the incident: ‘Just happy everyone’s ok.’
Dave’s representatives said in a statement: ‘Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl…
‘He refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.
‘As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show.’
In March, Oscar winner Will made headlines in March for slapping Chris during the live broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards.
The drama took place as a result of the comedian making a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head as he presented the award for best documentary.
Jada has been open for years about her struggles with alopecia – an auto-immune condition which leads to hair loss.
Moments after the joke, Will stormed on stage to slap Chris across the face.
He then was allowed to return to his seat in the audience form where he shouted: ‘Leave my wife’s name out of your f******.’
The actor has since been widely condemned for his actions and resigned from the Academy.
He was later banned by the Academy from attending any Oscar events for the next 10 years.
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