Oscars 2022: Host Amy Schumer on Will Smith Slap Incident: “Still Triggered and Traumatized”

Oscar Host Amy Schumer on Will Smith Oscars Slap Incident: “Still Triggered and Traumatized”

The comedian, who co-hosted the now infamous 94th Academy Awards, believed her friend Chris Rock “handled it like a pro.”


Oscars co-host Amy Schumer expresses her view on the shocking incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Late on Tuesday, Schumer, who co-hosted the 94th Academy Awards with Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, posted a message on her Instagram that first made a lighthearted plug for her Hulu show Life & Beth, before becoming serious and addressing the incident that saw Smith storm on stage and slap Rock following a joke aimed at Jada Pinkett Smith.

“Still triggered and traumatized,” Schumer wrote in a caption on Instagram, adding, “I love my friend Chris Rock and believe he handled it like a pro. Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend [Questlove] and the whole thing was so disturbing.”

She continued, “So much pain in Will Smith, anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad. I’m proud of myself and my co-hosts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”

On Monday, Smith posted a public apology to Rock on social media. Rock has yet to publicly respond to the incident, but the comedian has decided against pressing charges. The slap incident has been a polarizing moment in Hollywood and beyond and sparked calls for Smith to face punishment including losing his Oscar.

The Academy confirmed that it will conduct a formal review, which will take a few weeks.