Leslie Jones, a close friend of comedian Chris Rock, has stated that he went to therapy with his daughters following Will Smith’s ‘humiliating’ Oscar slap.
Jones, 56, spoke to People about the March 2022 slap, which occurred after Rock, 58, made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, 52, which Smith, 54, took offence to, and which follows Sean Penn’s claim that Smith undercut his Oscar triumph.
In a new interview with People, Jones stated that the slap was so ‘humiliating’ for Rock that he went to therapy with his daughters.
‘That s**t was embarrassing. It had a significant impact on him. People must comprehend that his daughters, as well as his parents, witnessed this. ‘He had to attend counselling with his girls,’ Jones explained.
Jones stated that the encounter had left her “so enraged” that she was ready to go over there.
‘You had no idea I was going to jump in my car and drive up there. ‘I was so f***ed up on so many levels,’ Jones admits.
In her book Leslie F***ing Jones (coming out September 19), the comedian confesses that she met Rock in the mid-1990s and that they’ve always had a particular affinity.
‘He’s like my brother,’ she claimed, adding that he put her name in the running for a position on SNL in 2013, though she wasn’t sure.
‘I said to myself, “Why, those aren’t real comics.” “Shut up,” he said. Jones recalled, “You sound like an idiot.”
Rock even wrote the foreward for Jones’ new book, with the comedienne added, ‘He’s just always there to give me the perfect advice when I need it.’
She also revealed that, ‘For a long a** time I was just mad. Chris Rock did a f***ing joke.’
‘I know Will, too… I was like, you couldn’t handle that s**t afterwards.
This is the Oscars. The whole world is watching,’ she said of the slap.
She added that when she spoke to Rock after the slap, she asked why he didn’t run when he saw Smith taking to the stage.
‘I was like, “Chris, when he got up why didn’t you run?” I would’ve been running around that stage like “Will, calm down. Jada, call your man!”‘ Jones admitted.
Several minutes after the slap, Smith won his first Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard, with Jones admitting he still could have ‘fixed’ the slap during his speech.
‘He could have still fixed it,’ she said, adding she would hav said, ‘I shouldn’t have did that. Bring Chris out. I can not accept the Oscar right now because that was f***ing wrong.'”
‘Everybody got pissed off about him doing a special. That’s what comedians do,” she says of his Selective Outrage standup special that debuted on Netflix this past March.
‘Instead of us going crazy we f***ing go talk about it on the f***ing stage. Thank God we’ve got the stage,’ she admitted.
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