Mel Gibson Publicist Halts Interview After Will Smith Oscars Question

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Mel Gibson has no interest in discussing the Will Smith Oscars slap.

The actor, who’s currently promoting his new movie Father Stu, was asked by Fox News host Jesse Watters about the infamous incident and Gibson’s publicist shut Watters down.

Near the end of the interview at the five-minute mark, Watters asked Gibson: “You understand it probably better than a lot of people, with your career. I was wondering if, you know, you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock, if you would have been treated the same way, Mel? Have you ever thought about that?”

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Gibson laughed while his publicist, who was off-camera, said: “Um, thank you, Jesse. That is our time.”

It’s unclear what exactly Watters meant about Gibson “being treated the same way.” The bizarre question came after Smith went on stage and slapped Chris Rock when the comedian made a joke about the King Richard star’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith has since apologized and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars.

While there was no direct reason for Watters’ question, Gibson was previously in a domestic violence scandal back in 2010. He pleaded no contest and said in an interview with Deadline Hollywood, “I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period.”

Watch the interview with Mel Gibson below.