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John Oliver: Nobody wants OJ Simpson’s version of Will Smith

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on Sunday inevitably threw in the biggest TV spectacle of the past week: Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.

More specifically, he zoomed in on OJ Simpson complaining about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.

During the final episode of his HBO program, the English-American comedian hailed the infamous slap in the face as “a moment that has since spawned thousands of horrific takes” — including and notably The Simpsons.

Simpson – the former NFL player who was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman in the 1990s – shared his thoughts on the encounter late last month in a video posted on Twitter.

“Will was wrong,” Simpson said while on vacation in Delaware. “I got the feeling. I’ve been through a lot of crap in my life and … every comedian in the country had an OJ routine and I don’t think I wouldn’t want that [have] hit a few of these guys.

“But… it’s human. I didn’t think that was so bad. … If I had done that in front of a billion people around the world, they would have given me a life without.”

After Simpson was toasted by Twitter for speaking out about the incident, Oliver joined the chorus of people saying, “No one wants to hear from you about this.”

“Especially when you seem to be coming live from a Señor Frog’s COVID patio,” he added on Last Week Tonight.

“Just put that out. Think of this as a rowdy bachelorette ordering a mimosa: we want as little juice involved here as possible.”

Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” also mocked Simpson for adding his voice to the slap discourse. In a “Weekend Update” segment, Kenan impersonated Thompson Simpson and spoke to co-host Michael Che about the event – almost losing his temper several times in the process.

“You know me — I hate conflict,” Kenan’s Simpson told Che. “In my humble opinion, Will Smith may have overreacted by slapping Chris Rock. I mean, Will, I’m not saying you have anger issues, but if the glove fits.”

However, he added: “Sometimes jokes can go too far – especially when it comes to a man’s family. Because, as Will Smith said in his speech, ‘love will make you do crazy things’ — supposedly.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-04-04/will-smith-oscars-slap-chris-rock-oj-simpson-john-oliver John Oliver: Nobody wants OJ Simpson’s version of Will Smith

Caroline Bleakley

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