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Wanda Sykes Says She Was ‘Sickened’ by Will Smith Hitting Chris Rock

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, and she opened up about her experience and feelings over the incident that rocked this year’s Academy Awards: Will Smith walking onstage and slapping Chris Rock over a joke at Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett’s expense. “I just felt so awful for my friend Chris,” said Sykes, a lesbian comic and actress.“It was sickening.

It was absolutely — I physically felt ill, and I’m still a little traumatized by it,” Sykes said. “And for them to let [Smith] stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is this?’ This sends the wrong message.

If you assault somebody, you get escorted out the building and that’s it. But for them to let him continue, I thought it was gross.”Sykes added she feels that she and her cohosts, Regina Hall and Amy Schumer, are also owed an apology. “We were the hosts, right?

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