Steve Harvey says he has lost respect for Will Smith, calling his Oscars slap a "punk move."
It's been two months since Will Smith and Chris Rock's infamous encounter at the 94th Annual Academy Awards. Since then, many celebrities, have shared their thoughts on the situation, with Harvey being the latest to speak out on the televised fiasco.
During a keynote speaking event at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, Harvey broke his silence on the controversy.
In addition to sharing that he does not support Will Smith’s behavior at this year’s Oscars, the veteran comedian also slammed the Oscar award-winning actor for delivering that slap to Chris Rock, which he called a “punk move.”
Steve Harvey doesn't think he would have handled the slap as gracefully as Chris Rock did.
During the speaking engagement, Steve Harvey didn’t hold back his feelings toward the slap heard around the world.
The Family Feud host admitted that though he is a devote Christian, he doesn’t believe his Christianity would have been enough to react rationally had he been in Chris Rock’s shoes the night of the Oscars.
“I’m a Christian, but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on,” Harvey said. “You slap T.D. Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. You slap me? If you sit back in your seat, Jada [Will’s wife] would have to move out of the way. That’s the type of Christian I am.”
Steve Harvey said he 'lost a lot of respect' for Will Smith following the Oscars.
According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which covered the speaking event, Steve Harvey reportedly called Will Smith’s slap a “punk move” later adding, “I lost a lot of respect for him.”
Smith has been banned from Academy events for 10 years.
In April, the group said that in addition to accepting Smith’s resignation from the Academy, it was decided that the actor cannot attend Academy events or programs for a period of 10 years.
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