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How Hollywood Is Reacting to Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock

Judd Apatow, Tiffany Haddish, and Nicki Minaj all shared thoughts on the altercation.
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Well, friends, The Slap Heard 'Round the World has come and gone, leaving all of us to process what exactly happened at the truly unforgettable 94th Academy Awards.

If you're one of the lucky few who is not aware of Sunday night's definitely-from-the-End-Times incident, let's catch you up. While presenting the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved hairstyle, seemingly (you hope, anyway) not knowing that she suffers from alopecia. In response, her husband, Will Smith, walked on the stage and slapped Chris Rock. Then, he returned to his seat and yelled (twice!), "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!" As if we weren't already stupefied with this particular series of unfortunate events, Will Smith won Best Actor for his turn in King Richard, delivering a speech that, if anything, only confused us more.

Now, just about everyone has something to say about Sunday night. We've covered the reactions from everyone following along at home. Let's turn to Hollywood.

At Vanity Fair's afterparty, Leslie Odom, Jr. expressed compassion for both Rock and Smith. “This business can sometimes feel like walking around with your skin ripped off,” he said. “It’s a very vulnerable thing, and so I think we saw two artists with their hearts open. It’s a vulnerable moment, sometimes it’s messy, but it’s always beautiful when it’s the truth.” Red Rocket star Simon Rex added, “I think it was real, so I’m kind of still in shock about the whole thing. And then his speech afterwards was a beautiful moment where he apologized—but he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock! So I’m curious if they’re going to come to fisticuffs tonight, because I’ll break it up. It’s crazy!”

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Thankfully, Smith and Rock reportedly did not come to fisticuffs, according to Page Six. The outlet spoke to Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Vanity Fair afterparty. “That’s not a problem," they quoted him as saying. "That’s over. I can confirm that. It’s all love... They’re brothers,” he said.

Elsewhere in the Oscars Cinematic Universe, Minnie Driver told Variety, "It was deeply personal. We were all privy to...emotions running really high. I really hope they will make up later. It's hard to watch somebody's pain like that." Speaking to People, Tiffany Haddish supported Smith. "As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say, 'Keep my wife's name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,' that's what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you," she said. "And that meant the world to me. And maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives."

Of course, other celebrities took to—where else?—Twitter for their reactions. Here are a few of them to close us out.

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