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“Saturday Night Live” addressed Will Smith by slapping host Chris Rock at the Oscars several times on the show this weekend.
The show’s guest comedian, Jerrod Carmichael, opened his deadpan monologue: “I’m not going to talk about it.”
“I want to be clear up top, I’ve said enough about this,” he continued, laughing at the audience. He said he was tired of talking about it and thinking about it, “and you can’t make me talk about it!”
He thought it was unbelievable that the incident only happened six days ago. “Like doesn’t it feel like this happened when we were all in high school? … It’s like we’ve been living in the wake of this our whole lives.”
Carmichael said on Monday people couldn’t get him to ‘shut up’ about the slap, which he only ever referred to as ‘it’ and on Friday he promised himself he wouldn’t talk about it again Never again.
“So what [‘SNL’ creator and executive producer] Lorne [Michaels] came into my dressing room. He was like ‘I think you need to talk about this.’ He said “the nation needs to heal”. “
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The comedian then joked that he can’t heal the nation because the nation doesn’t know who he is, calling himself “the least famous host in ‘SNL’ history.”
At the end of his monologue, Carmichael threw the “nation must heal” stick at former President Obama, telling him through the camera, “We need you because I think you’re going to have to talk about this. The nation needs healing.”
Earlier, in the cold open, actor James Austin Johnson, doing his impeccable impression of former President Trump, and repeatedly calling Smith “Hitch” in reference to his 2005 film, said: “I saw the slap. I enjoyed the slap. I was very impressed with the slap.”
Later in the show, Carmichael played a seat filler sitting behind Smith (cast member Chris Redd) at the Oscars in a skit. Carmichael’s character was initially thrilled to see Smith sitting in front of him and asked him for a selfie.
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While audio of Rock’s joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, can be heard in the skit, Redd as Smith laughs, then tells Carmichael, “Hey, I’ll be right back.”
The audio of a loud slap is heard and Smith sits back down like nothing happened while Carmichael looks horrified. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Redd’s Smith yells before nonchalantly telling Carmichael, “I love the Oscars, man,” and continuing to chat. He then yells profanity again and Carmichael, clearly scared, politely tries not to take the aforementioned selfie.
After Smith asks, Carmichael almost says his favorite comedian is Rock, quickly correcting by saying, “I don’t think anything is funny.”
The skit ends with the fake Smith declaring, “It’s all okay, y’all!” while dancing to his 90s hit “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”.
Finally, the show brought in actor Kenan Thompson as OJ Simpson in its “Weekend Update” news segment.
The longtime Simpson actor said he didn’t want to accuse Smith of having rage issues, “but if the glove fits.”
“Love will make you do crazy things – allegedly,” Thompson added, citing Smith’s Oscars acceptance speech where he apologized to the Academy for punching Rock, saying he was defending his woman.
The fake Simpson finally said he wanted to make a “big confession that’s been a long time coming” before revealing his revelation was that he didn’t watch the Oscars last weekend.
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In real life, Smith took to the Oscars stage at the ceremony last Sunday after presenter Chris Rock made an offhand joke about Smith’s wife, saying, “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2 ‘, I can’t wait to see it,” in reference to his shaved head. Jada Pinkett-Smith suffers from alopecia. Smith slapped Rock in the face and went back to his seat, yelling twice at the comedian to “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Less than an hour later, he won his first Oscar for his role in “King Richard”.