Steve Harvey Bashes Will Smith for ‘Punk’ Move Slapping Chris Rock

Steve Harvey and Will Smith (Credit: Shutterstock)

It’s been two months since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars. Now Steve Harvey is the latest celebrity to speak out about the infamous incident.

During a recent event at Georgia State University, Harvey talked about his career, his life experiences, and other issues including Smith’s Oscars meltdown.

“I’m a Christian but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on. You slap T.D. Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. You slap me? If you sit back in your seat, Jada would have to move out of the way. That’s the type of Christian I am,” Harvey said.

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which covered the event, the comedian said the Oscar-winning King Richard star knew he could get away with it because he was on the Oscars stage and called Smith’s slap a “punk” move.

“I lost a lot of respect for him,” Harvey said.

Since the incident, Will Smith has been laying low. He issued a public apology to Rock and he resigned from the film academy on April 1.

He was also banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years, although he will be allowed to keep his Oscar. Shortly after the Academy’s ruling, Smith released a brief statement saying: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”