Steve Harvey Addresses Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at Oscars: ‘Punk Move’

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Two months have passed since the slap that shocked the world, and Steve Harvey finally shares his opinion.

Harvey, 65, attended an event at Georgia State University over the weekend and reportedly called Will Smith’s Oscar slap in the face of Chris Rock a ‘punk move’ that made Harvey lose ‘a lot of respect for him’ .

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on the event, noting that the “Family Feud” host brought up faith in the discussion.

Steve Harvey addresses Will Smith’s 2022 Oscar slap against Chris Rock nearly two months later.
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“I’m a Christian, but I’m really underdeveloped,” Harvey began. “I don’t have a high level of Christianity. On a scale of 1-10, I’m like a 2. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on.”

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He continued: “You slap TD Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. You slap me? If you sit in your seat, Jada [Will’s wife] should get out of the way. That’s the kind of Christian I am.”

At the 2022 Oscars, Smith slapped Rock after Rock made a joke about by Jada Pinkett Smith bald head, referencing “GI Jane”. Pinkett Smith battled alopecia.

Will Smith punches presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2022 Oscars.
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Will Smith punches presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2022 Oscars.
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“Jada, ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it,” Rock said onstage at the Oscars. Pinkett Smith was present at the event.

Rock recently performed alongside his friend and colleague, Dave Chappelle, after he was attacked at the Hollywood Bowl. The two comedians shed light on their attacks on stage.

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“At least you got punched by someone big name,” Chappelle told Rock during a “secret” show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. “I was hit by a homeless man with leaves in his hair.”

Rock then reportedly replied, “I got hit by the n—– sweetest that ever rapped.”

Will Smith received the Best Actor award at the 2022 Oscars.

Will Smith received the Best Actor award at the 2022 Oscars.

Smith publicly responded to Rock on Instagram a day after the slap.

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“My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith wrote. “Making jokes at my expense is part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”

After Smith resigned from the Academy in April, the organization decided to ban him from the ceremony or any Academy-related event for 10 years.

A representative for Harvey did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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