Stern compared “clearly insane” Will Smith to Trump for “taking matters into his own hands,” when he struck Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars, after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
“This is a sign of great mental illness when you can’t control your impulse. Not only that, it was hardly an insulting joke. It was not even a good joke,” the SiriusXM host said on Monday. “[Smith] didn’t think twice about what he was about to do. Now that’s crazy, when you can’t contain yourself like that.”
He panned the awards show for failing to get security to remove Smith after he attacked Rock unprovoked.
“This is a live television event. Not one person came out, because he’s Will Smith,” Stern continued. “This is how Trump gets away with s**t. Will Smith and Trump are the same guy. He decided he’s going to take matters into his own hands, at a time when the world is at war. Bad timing man, calm your f**king a** down.”
He also downplayed Rock’s joke, claiming that he compared Jada to “one of the most beautiful women in the world, Demi Moore,” and complained that Smith was allowed to accept his Best Actor award.
“Here’s Hollywood that’s so outraged by every little thing. Not one person got up and said, hold on, we got an out of control situation here,” Stern went on. “How this guy was allowed to sit there for the rest of the awards, and he’s laughing it up and having a good time with his wife. What he did was he just assaulted Chris Rock.”
The Academy Awards has launched a formal review into the incident, and Smith apologized to Rock in a statement on Monday.
“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith continued. “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”