Wanda Sykes wouldn’t host the Oscars again after The Slap

Wanda Sykes didn’t know what was in store for her when she agreed to host the Academy Awards in March.

What began as a night celebrating the best in cinemas naturally turned into an avalanche of chaos after Will Smith strutted onto the stage and punched host Chris Rock in the face – and co-hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Sykes moved into the limelight.

Appearing on Tuesday morning’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” Sykes reflected on her general feelings about the event, and specifically spoke about the joy of “CODA’s” historic Best Picture win.

“It was an incredible night, it really was,” she said. “You know, there was just so much good vibes in the room, the movie ‘CODA’ killed it, everyone was really happy.”

Soon after, Ryan Seacrest asked the burning question: Would she do it again knowing it was all going to happen?

“Oh hell no,” she said, making the crowd laugh.

“I mean, I shouldn’t say it like that,” she added. “It was an incredible honor and I think it’s something you want to do, you do it once and I don’t know if I want to do it again. It’s a huge job and it took a lot of people to clean me up.”

After Kelly Ripa expressed her own disbelief at the incident, Seacrest asked Sykes what her first reaction was upon seeing it.

“It was just what happened?” She said. “I couldn’t believe it, shocked. And then it was like, ‘Okay, so everyone’s just going to sit here?’ The show just went on. I would look behind the curtain and say, ‘He’s still sitting here?’”

Sykes has previously expressed her contempt for the incident as she lobbied for Rock, who is a friend, and said Smith should have been removed from his seat.

“I just felt so terrible for my boyfriend, you know, Chris, and it was — it was disgusting. It was absolutely — I felt physically ill and I’m still a little traumatized by it,” Sykes said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March.

“And for [the academy] letting him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and collect his prize,” she continued. “I thought, ‘How gross is that? That’s just the wrong message,'” she said. “If you attack someone, you will be escorted out of the building. And that’s it, you know. But for them to let him continue, I thought – I thought it was disgusting.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-12/wanda-sykes-oscars-host-will-smith-chris-rock-slap Wanda Sykes wouldn’t host the Oscars again after The Slap

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