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Courtney B. Vance Recalls How He Stopped Angela Bassett From Reacting To A Woman Who ‘Insulted’ Them At The Airport Amid Will Smith And Chris Rock Drama

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Actress Angela Bassett is one of Hollywood’s finest actresses, usually performing above reproach and never associated with drama. However, it has a lot to do with her husband of nearly a quarter century, Courtney B. Vance.

During an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Vance talked about picking and choosing the times to verify that people have raped loved ones. While explaining how he understands protecting his family, he opened up about the need for discretion and wisdom in letting people know they “better not!”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Courtney B. Vance (L) and Angela Bassett attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

An example he gave was how he had to stop his wife from slapping a woman in an airport.

The Tony winner, who met his wife at a theater production in 1980, said the woman was causing “Angie” and he wasn’t going to let it become a “TMZ” moment.

He spoke of a time when a woman approached them as they were leaving the airport and stopped to collect their luggage. Vance said he told the woman it was an “appropriate” time to get an autograph or a photo.

The ‘Preacher’s Wife’ actor rationalized, “If you recognize us, then TMZ will” and it would become something bigger.

Vance said he asked her to “please” give them their space.

The woman replied, “I just wanted…”

He interrupted her and said, “It’s just not the right time.”

When the husband stopped the wife from talking to his wife, he says the fan kept following them and shouted at the ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ star.

“She was swearing, trying to provoke her. I said, ‘Angie, keep walking baby. We go to our car. Keep walking. ” Vance said as he told the story to DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God. “Then she [the fan] said, ‘I never liked your movies anyway!’ »

Vance recalls that he kept telling his wife not to turn around because there was more to lose if someone answered.

“You have to understand the situation and be able to know sometimes [when] it’s time to step in and say, “Don’t you dare,” and sometimes you just have to walk away.

He said the airport story has now become folklore for their family to laugh about years later, jokingly calling the airport woman “naughty”. Vance and Bassett are parents to 15-year-old twins, Bronwyn and Slater Vance.

The story not only makes the family laugh, but also makes the hosts of “The Breakfast Club” laugh. Vance said it was fair to tell his wife to keep walking, even if she wanted to clap, because that could have been a problem.

“What we don’t want to see is Angela Bassett slamming pimps [anyone]which was the reaction he believed the woman wanted. “You don’t understand that. We don’t go down like that. We’ve worked too hard, for an incident that’s going to be folklore in our minds.

He spoke to the hosts about how one event could impact a lifetime, shifting the conversation to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s recent incident at the Oscars.

“In this case with Will,” he said. “That’s the situation where you go, ‘It’s okay, Chris. I’ll talk to him later,’ and let him know, ‘Don’t ever, as long as you’re Black, put your mouth around my wife like that.’ It’s between you and me.

Vance thought the confrontation might have been private, so no one else would have known. In this isolated environment, the 62-year-old says he wishes Will had said, “I love you and I know you love me, [but] never disrespect our family like this again.

The question arose to ask but what if he did it again, a possibility since this is the second time Rock has made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, the Oscar-winning actor’s wife, on stage during of the Oscar ceremony.

The OG said, “So in life we ​​don’t deal with him.”

“As far as our circle,” Vance said of keeping the peace, “I don’t need to be around him.”

At the 2022 Oscars, after Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s bald head, her husband slapped the comedian during the live show. Rock says he didn’t know the 51-year-old claimed she had alopecia when he made the joke.

Since the assault, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences issued a statement on April 18 saying it “may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion or other sanctions authorized by the statutes and standards of conduct”, against Smith. .

In a statement distributed to the press by his publicist, Smith resigned from the Academy and said he would “accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate.”

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