Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid agreed that Chris Rock is a very rude man during a conversation on Good Morning Britain on Monday.
Chris, 58, has spoken out about being punched by Will Smith onstage at the Oscars last March in his new Netflix stand-up special, which made headlines as he toasted the actor’s wedding to Jada Pinkett Smith.
Richard, 66, said: ‘I’m not defending what happened to him, it’s wrong, totally wrong. But in 50 years in this game, he’s the rudest man I’ve ever had to interview, Chris Rock.”
Susanna Reid, 52, recalled interviewing Chris alongside Ben Stiller when they were promoting Madagascar, the 2005 animated film for which they both voiced characters.
She agreed with Richard, saying, “I have to say, it’s etched in my memory. He was just consistently incredibly rude. A downright unpleasant piece of work.’
‘He’s the rudest man I’ve ever had to interview – I didn’t hit him though’: Richard Madeley criticized Chris Rock’s behavior when Susanna Reid called him a ‘thoroughly unpleasant piece of work’ on Good Morning Britain on Monday
Referring to the famous slap between Will Smith and Chris Rock, Richard said, “I didn’t hit him though, I kept my hands to myself”
Referring to the famous slap, Richard said, “I didn’t hit him though, I kept my hands to myself.”
Richard then went on to outline how the comedian allegedly behaved in a rude manner, rather than using foul language in their interview.
“I think we need to hear the other side of the story,” Susanna joked.
And Richard replied, ‘I’d like to. Bring him over! Keep my hands behind my back.’
Over the weekend, people have been berating Chris for getting a fact about Will wrong because of a joke he made during his Netflix special addressing “slapgate.”
The comedian tore up Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship and spoke about the blow he received at the Oscars during the Netflix show Selective Outrage.
Chris joked that he felt the blow and brought up some of Will’s movie roles to illustrate that one of them was an action star and the other was a funny guy.
He said, ‘I know you can’t see it on camera – Will Smith is considerably taller than me. We’re not the same size, okay? Will Smith does movies with his shirt off. You’ve never seen me do a movie with my shirt off.
Chris Rock has also been sued for an inaccuracy in Will Smith’s career over a “slapgate” joke he made on his new Netflix special (pictured at the Oscars in March)
“When I’m in a movie having open heart surgery, I’m wearing a sweater. Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie.’
The comedian then compared their roles in cartoons and said ‘even in animated films I’m a zebra, he’s a king shark’.
This refers to the 2004 movie Shark Tale.
But Chris’s fans pointed out that Will wasn’t playing a shark, but instead was giving his voice to a fish, a bluestripe cleanerfish named Oscar to be exact.
They wrote, “Wait Chris Rock thought Will Smith was playing the shark?”
“My conclusion from the Chris Rock special is that he thinks Will Smith played a shark in Shark Tale.”
Conceptually, the joke is about how much stronger Will Smith is physically than Chris Rock, but I think a big zebra would actually do really well against a small fish in combat. And a disservice to Jack Black, Robert De Niro and Michael Imperioli who played the sharks in it.”
“Screaming ‘will smith doesn’t even play the shark in shark story, Jack Black does’ as feds rush to shove me into a black suv and make me disappear.”
Despite this, Chris’s much-anticipated public reaction to actor Will Smith’s punch at the 2022 Oscars was met with critical acclaim — with some calling it the “best brutal takedown” in history.
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During his new Netflix stand-up special that premiered live Saturday night, Rock verbally hit back at Smith a year after the incident that saw Smith expelled from the Academy.
In a nearly two-minute segment, Rock fired at Smith’s decision to punch him on stage at the awards show, making Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith the butt of his joke about her infidelity.
“Everyone called him ab**ch, and who is he hitting? Me,” Rock joked to a crowd, including a friend of Meghan Markle’s who was seen laughing backstage, according to Page six.
The comedian also took aim at the former ‘Suits’ actress during his special, saying she was ‘acting totally stupid’ for not realizing that the royal family are the ‘OGs of racism’.
Rock’s tirade has since been hailed on social media as “the perfect/best way” to get back at Smith for the moment that changed both of their careers.
The comedian made spectators and live viewers wait until the last ten minutes of “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage” before addressing the clap.
“You all know what happened to me when I got hit by Suge Smith,” the comedian joked. Rock said, “It still hurts. I’ve got ‘Summertime’ in my ears.”
The blow came last year after Rock made a joke about Pinkett-Smith’s bald head caused by alopecia.
Rock had joked that Pinkett-Smith rocked a “G.I. Jane” look, leading her husband to storm the stage and slap him, then repeat: “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth!”
On his new stand-up special, Rock joked about his struggles the following year.
‘Anyone who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face,” he said.
“But I’m not a victim, honey. You’ll never see me cry at Oprah or Gayle,” Rock said. He joked that he liked that s**t [Manny] Pacquaio.’
The crowd in the audience laughed out loud as those at home expressed their views via social media.
Like most comedians, I am continuously grateful for Chris Rock’s existence. Thank you comic gods,” fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan wrote.
‘Listen to me when I tell you. THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MIC DROP OF ALL TIME. NUF RESPECT,” one Twitter user wrote.
That user referenced the mic drop at the end of his special when responding to those asking why he didn’t hit Smith back, saying, “You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”