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Denzel Washington Recalls Conversation With Will Smith After Chris Rock Slap: ‘The Solution Is Prayer’

Denzel Washington attended a leadership summit on Saturday and shared more details about the advice he gave to Will Smith after the actor slapped Chris Rock for joking about his wife at the Oscars.

Denzel WashingtonThe 67-year-old recalls the conversation he had with Will Smith53, after the shocking slap incident involved Chris Rock At the 2022 Academy Awards. The actor made his appearance in front of the writer and the bishop TD Jake‘ Leadership Summit on the morning of April 2 to discuss his career and faith, and headline-making news, as well as asking about the advice he gave to Will, which was mentioned during his Oscar acceptance speech.

“Well, there’s a saying, ‘When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong.’ The devil goes, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my favorite.’ Conversely, when Satan comes to you, it’s probably because he’s trying to do something right. And for whatever reason Satan caught that situation that night,” Denzel said while on stage at the summit, According to Diversity,

Denzel Washington, Will Smith
Denzel Washington and Will Smith at the Oscars. (Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock)

Denzel is one of the few, including tyler perry and Will’s publicist, who spoke up right after Will came on stage and slapped Chris for making a joke about his wife. Jada Pinkett-SmithShaved head. King Richard Star thanked Denzel for saying, “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you” while accepting the Best Actor award moments later.

“Luckily there were people there. Not just me, but the other, Tyler Perry, immediately joined me right there. [Said] A few prayers,” Denzel also reportedly said at the summit. “I don’t want to say what we talked about, but for the grace of God there goes any of us. Who are we to condemn? I don’t fully know about the situation, but I do know that prayer is the only solution, the way I see it.”

Chris Rock, Will Smith
Chris Rock and Will Smith right after Thappad. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

After Will’s slap caused an uproar on social media and beyond, he publicly apologized to Chris and in a statement to anyone else hurt by his actions. “The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and the global audience at home,” his statement said on Friday. “I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I denied the other nominees and winners the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.”

As a result of his actions, Will resigned from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Academy also disclosed that it was investigating the incident. Chris has yet to make an official public statement about the slap, but he said he was “still processing” what happened during his stand-up show in Boston, MA.

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Reference from hollywoodlife.com

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