It has been almost five months since her appearance as Oscar co-host was sabotaged on live TV, and actress Regina Hall is now addressing the infamous slapping incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
Recently at the time of an interview with Variety, Regina Hall touched on the awards ceremony, which reached a culmination point last March when Will Smith ascended the stage to slap Chris Rock after cracking a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Hall spoke about the recent apology video of Will Smith, during the premiere of “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” a comedy mockumentary that also stars actor Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us”)
Smith mentions that his behavior at the event as “unacceptable” in the video. Further he had reached out to Rock personally for an apology, but he was told by Rock that he was not ready to talk.
Hall told about the video “I think it’s a tough thing, and I know it’s a difficult road. The first step is he apologized. How people see it, it’s up to them…I know that wasn’t easy,” as per Variety.
While the slapping incident took place, Hall had been serving as a co-host with fellow comedians Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer.
At the same time, the concept of co-hosts at the Oscars is a long way from new, and the decision to have three women hosts was a first. Additionally, being accused of stealing the limelight from the evening of winners, Smith’s slap was also derided for fading a momentous moment for Hall, Sykes, and Schumer.
“Everybody was just kind of floored with the whole thing,” said 41-year-old Schumer about the incident in an interview with Andy Cohen a month later . “And I was just thinking, ‘What am I going to do when I go out there?’”
Wanda Sykes has also spoken about the incident. During an interview in April with Ellen Degeneres, the comedian remarked on her feelings on the action of Smith were disfavor to her, Schumer, and Hall.
“No one has apologized to us, and we worked really hard to put that show together, yeah, so the industry itself, I’m, like, ‘What the hell is this?’” explained Sykes.
Although, the unusual turnout events of the evening does not seem to have prevented Hall from taking on similar duties in the future. She might be up for the task of hosting the awards in the future sometime, according to Variety.
She said, “I certainly had so much fun.”