On Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, Sykes, one third of the trio who hosted the Oscars on Sunday, said while she didn’t witness Will Smith slapping presenter Chris Rock because she was changing outfits, she did see Smith’s profane verbal exchange with Rock and the moments after.
“For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is this? This is just the wrong message,'” she said. “You assault somebody, you get escorted out of the building and that’s it. For them to let him continue, I thought it was gross. Plus, I wanted to be able to run out after he won and say, ‘Unfortunately will couldn’t be here tonight…'”
Sykes says she’s upset by the fact that “no one” has apologized to her and fellow hosts Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
“We worked really hard to put that show together,” she said, only for it to be overshadowed.
Sykes shared that she and Rock, however, interacted at an after part and he apologized to her, saying, “It was supposed to be your night,” according to Sykes.
“That’s who Chris is,” she said.
Schumer weighs in
“I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro,” she wrote. “Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend @questlove and the whole thing was so disturbing.”
Rock was presented the award for best documentary feature when Smith rushed the stage and struck him on the face over a joke Rock made about Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.