Academy Awards co-host Amy Schumer has joined the chorus of those condemning actor Will Smith for slapping and then screaming at presenter Chris Rock onstage Sunday over a joke Rock had made.
"Still triggered and traumatized," the Rockville Centre-raised comedian, 40, said on Instagram Wednesday in a since-deleted post. "I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro. Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend @questlove [for Best Documentary Feature] and the whole thing was so disturbing."
She added, "So much pain in @willsmith anyway I'm still in shock and stunned and sad. Im proud of myself and my co-hosts. But yeah. Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed." Singer Brandi Carlile, actor Sharon Stone and socialite Paris Hilton all posted supportive comments.
Fellow co-host Wanda Sykes, 58, told People magazine in a statement Monday, "Violence is never the answer."
Sykes also told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview to air April 7 that she missed the confrontation live as she walked between her trailer and the theater after a costume change, reports The Associated Press.
“Then someone showed me on the video,” Sykes said, “and I just felt so awful for my friend, Chris. It was sickening. I physically felt ill, and I'm still a little traumatized by it."
Regina Hall, another of the three co-hosts, has not commented publicly.
Meanwhile, actor Zoë Kravitz, who presented the award for Best Original Song, on Tuesday posted two Instagram photos of herself in, respectively, her awards dress and her gown for the Vanity Fair after party. "Here's a picture of my dress at the award show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now," she wrote. "And here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show -where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now."
And comedian Jim Carrey, 60, said on "CBS Mornings" Monday that he "was sickened" not only by Smith's violence, but also "sickened by the standing ovation" when Smith later that night won the Oscar for Best Actor. "I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had previously issued a statement condemning Smith's actions and announcing it had begun a "formal review," said Tuesday in a letter to members that, "As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy's Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith. As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks."
In his acceptance speech, Smith had apologized to the Academy and to his fellow nominees, but not to Rock. The actor, who was recorded dancing and singing to his own song at an Oscars after party, did apologize to Rock Monday on social media. Rock has not pressed charges. The comedian, who performed a sold-out stand-up, his first public event since Sunday, at Boston's Wilbur Theatre Wednesday night, was greated with a thunderous standing ovation.
“How was your weekend?” began Rock who then cautioned the crowd that he didn’t have a lot to say yet about the Oscars, according to audio posted by the Hollywood trade outlet Variety. “I’m still kind of processing what happened.”
Rock is set to perform two additional sold-out shows at the Wilbur Theatre venue on Thursday and Friday.