"I don't wanna say what we talked about, but there but for the grace of God go any of us," Washington explained. He added, "Who are we to condemn? I don't know all the ins and outs of this situation, but I know the only solution was prayer, the way I saw it, the way I see it."
Chris Rock Won't Talk Oscars Slap ... Until He 'Gets Paid'
4/9/2022 3:09 PM PT
Chris Rock has shed a smidge of light on how he feels about Will Smith slapping him at the Oscars -- but says he won't reveal more until he receives one thing ... cold, hard cash.
The comedian told a live audience Friday that he would not be talking about the Oscars until he was compensated, presumably meaning somebody ponying up for his exclusive account ... this according to a report from the Palm Springs Desert Sun, which detailed his set in Indio, CA and the material referenced as Chris continues his national comedy tour.
Here's what Chris reportedly said in full ... "I'm OK, I have a whole show, and I'm not talking about that until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back."
The strange thing ... if Chris means he's waiting on a network of some sort to pay him for a sit-down, ya gotta imagine he and his team have already been approached by every broadcast company in the game at this point. Maybe they just haven't offered enough???
Of course, another, slightly more sinister way to interpret his remarks ... perhaps he's talking about a civil lawsuit against Will himself, where he could potentially get paid that way too.
Or, he might just be joshing altogether ... it's unclear how serious this comment is, but considering the context -- Chris seems to be in good spirits and carrying on well. In any case, the Desert Sun has more deets about what's in Chris' set -- and it's interesting.
They say he took a lot of shots at celebs and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, the Kardashians, Meghan Markle and others. He also reportedly made fun of corporations and their diversity initiatives -- while also invoking his family life, being single and cancel culture ... as it relates to offending people these days. The DS says he got a standing O in the end.
It does seem Chris is opening up more and more as his tour rolls on -- remember, in his initial shows out in the East Coast ... all he said was he's still processing the smack.
Now, it appears he's finding some humor in the whole thing -- that, or just masking how he really feels with his comedy chops. Time will tell if/when Chris speaks on this officially.
In the meantime ... Hollywood is still very divided on Will's punishment -- aka, the 10-year ban, which only applies to his attendance and has nothing to do with eligibility for awards.
I have never been a Chris Rock fan or of insult "humor", so this speculation gives me the irony hackles.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed) Established 2005 28,473
As with most things, there are a variety of differing opinions on how this has been handled, and this article in the Hollywood Reporter demonstrates just how many within the confines of the Academy. I agreed with this individual: Actors branch member: “The Academy stated that they were ‘unprepared for the unprecedented.’ My entire career has been preparing for the unprecedented. That is what we all do in the film business. And as a writer, an actor and a director, if those words ever came out of my mouth, I would have been fired. Also, isn’t that what creative thinking is all about? I find the Academy’s apology as superficial as Mr. Smith’s apology.”
Could someone give details of Liza's decline? Mention of Lady Gaga being kind to her was interesting---did they present together? I recall how wonderful she was with Tony Bennett when they had the special of their show together, so she has natural empathy and makes me think better of her.
They presented best picture together. Liza was in a wheelchair and looked frail and confused.
Liza Minnelli health problems: why is actress in a wheelchair - and what is her illness viral encephalitis?
The Cabaret star and Lady Gaga took to the stage to announce the winner of the Best Picture award at the 2022 Academy Awards
By Rhona Shennan
Tuesday, 29th March 2022, 1:39 pm
The Academy Awards 2022 turned out to be a highly eventful night for reasons that no-one could have predicted - amidst actor Troy Kostur making history as the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar, the evening was overshadowed by Will Smith taking to the stage to slap Chris Rock over a “G.I. Jane 2” joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
While the Smith and Rock altercation is the moment that everyone has been talking about, fans and viewers have urged that everyone’s attention should be redirected to presenting duo Liza Minnelli and Lady Gaga.
Minnelli and Lady Gaga appeared together to present the Best Picture award, and it was their interaction that fans have called “heartwarming” - although some have been left wondering why Minnelli was in a wheelchair during the awards ceremony.
This is everything you need to know.
Why was Liza Minnelli in a wheelchair?
Throughout her life, Minnelli has had to deal with a number of difficulties with her health, all of which have likely contributed to her requiring the use of a wheelchair to get around.
In 2006, Minnelli said: “I’ve got two false hips, a wired-up knee, scoliosis, which I’ve always had, and three crushed disks.”
In October 2000, when she was 54, Minnelli was hospitalised with a case of viral encephalitis which, the NHS, says is “an uncommon but serious condition in which the brain becomes inflamed (swollen)”.
She had been admitted to Cleveland Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after she appeared to have had a stroke. Minnelli was eventually discharged a week later, but was readmitted once again after three days.
At the time, a clinic official said: “We found her semi-conscious on the floor, disorientated and suffering from what we believe was a possible stroke.”
Minnelli was diagnosed with viral encephalitis when she returned to the hospital for a second time.
The NHS says that the signs of encephalitis can begin with flu-like symptoms, like a high temperature and a headache, but in the coming hours, days or weeks, more serious symptoms can develop, including:
Confusion or disorientation
Seizures or fits
Changes in personality and behaviour
Weakness or loss of movement in some parts of the body
Loss of consciousness
In an interview with NBC’s Dateline in 2004, Minnelli said: “I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t talk, and they told me I wouldn’t… ever again.
“After I was told that, everybody left the room and I turned my face to the wall and started to go, “A, B, C”.
“You know, that’s what it felt like because I had Carnegie Hall to rehearse. I want to live. I have always wanted to live.”
It was thought that Minnelli would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair following the illness, but she was able to recover enough to go on to star in her solo show Liza’s Back in New York and London in 2002, and guest starred in the sitcom Arrested Development between 2003 and 2013.
Males get jokes made about them all the time about losing their hair and no one seems to care how it might affect them. Does it have more of an impact when the joke is about a female because hair loss is less common than males?