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Wanda Sykes breaks her silence on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock and what happened backstage

“I just felt so awful for my friend, Chris. And it was sickening. I physically felt ill. And I’m still a little traumatized by it.

For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is this? This is just the wrong message.’

You assault somebody, you get escorted out the building and that’s it. For them to let him continue, I thought it was gross. Plus, I wanted to be able to run out after he won and say, ‘Unfortunately will couldn’t be here tonight…'”Wanda Sykes speaking to Ellen Degeneres about Will Smith assaulting Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards.

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