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After opening this week’s show with a bag of controversy on Fox News, Saturday Night Live finally dug deep into last weekend’s Oscar madness about halfway through the episode with a sketch that imagined how some of the seat fillers surrounding Will Smith might have reacted when he slapped Chris Rock out of nowhere.
Actor Chris Redd took on the role of Smith – doing his best in Jay Pharoah’s absence – with host Jerrod Carmichael playing one of the actor’s biggest fans.
“I don’t mean to sound corny but you’re my hero, man,” said the Carmichael seat filler. “It’s the coolest night of my life. I’m talking to Will Smith, Chris Rock just came on stage. Can I get a selfie real quick?”
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From there, Smith got up from his seat, slapped Rock, then tried to play cool with the fan in between breaks to shout, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” After her messy outburst, Smith went back to mocking Amy Schumer and writing lines for her acceptance speech.
By the end of the skit, Smith was crying about Zoom meetings, dancing to “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” and shouting, “It’s all okay y’all!”
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