It’s been four months since the 2022 Oscars, and co-host Regina Hall has finally acknowledged Will Smith’s apology following the incident with Chris Rock.
Following the infamous Oscar Slap in March, now-banned actor Will Smith recently posted a public apology video on his YouTube channel. Chris Rock has yet to respond to the apology video that was sent to him.
Stars from all over Hollywood have already spoken out on the subject. In a recent interview with Variety, Oscar co-host Regina Hall discusses her reaction to the recent apology video.
Regina Hall said:
“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. Redemption. The whole point is we can evolve from maybe where we are.”
Will’s current situation, according to the “Master” actress, is similar to the film “Honk for Jesus,” in which a pastor’s wife struggles with reopening their church after a scandal.
Despite the unexpected issues that occurred during this year’s Oscars, the actress stated that she enjoyed the experience and would be willing to host the awards show again. However, some viewers thought Hall’s on-stage jokes were inappropriate.
Hall joked in a COVID-related segment that some stars, particularly male actors, needed to be “tested” backstage. Regina’s joke drew celebrities such as Timothée Chalamet, Simu Liu, Bradley Cooper, and Tyler Perry to the stage. The skit continued with Hall performing a “COVID pat down” on other male actors, including Jason Momoa.
The nature of her joke elicited mixed reactions from audiences, who took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Unfortunately, the majority of Twitter users wanted the Oscars host to be canceled. Journalist Piers Morgan expressed his displeasure with the awkward moment on Twitter, implying that if the genders had been reversed, things would have been called out immediately.
This year’s Oscars were co-hosted by Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Schumer.