Ricky Gervais on the Will Smith/Chris Rock Slap & Jada Pinkett: “I would’ve told a joke about her boyfriend” – 2022 – VIDEO
I don’t want to talk about it too much because I don’t know what’s going on in his (Will Smith’s) life. I don’t know why he did it. No one knows why he did it. He’s got issues. Obviously, it was double shocking that it happened at the Oscars with everyone in tuxedos. Of course, you see that kind of thing in bars on a Saturday night, but not the most privileged people on the planet slapping each other. I blocked someone the other day for saying, “No, words are violent, too.” No, they’re not. No. Violence is violence. Words aren’t violent. Anyone who tries to say that any freedom of speech justifies violence, that’s what fucking leads to terrorism. Honestly, don’t get me started on that shit. But the main thing about it was, Chris Rock weighs about 140 lbs. He’s the most gentle man. I tried not to talk about it. I had a warm-up gig the next night, and you can’t go out there and not address it when it’s a big thing like that because people are going, “What’s he going to say about it?” So, I just went out and straight away said, “I’ve got no Will Smith material,” and they laughed at that recognition. And I said, “I trended on Twitter.” I trended; I wasn’t even there. Because people were saying, “What would Ricky Gervais have said? What would’ve happened to Ricky Gervais?” Well, nothing, and I said this live, “Nothing would’ve happened to me because I wouldn’t have told a joke about his wife’s hair. I would’ve told a joke about her boyfriend.” But you don’t hit someone over a joke, however bad it is, and it wasn’t bad. That was like the tamest joke I would’ve ever told. Jesus. Someone said it was joking about her disability (laughs). Well, I’m going a bit thin, so I’m disabled. That means I can park right up next to Tesco’s now. And I’m fat, that’s a disease. I’m fat and balding (laughs). I should get benefits.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 3, 2022