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Howard Stern tore into Hollywood and said that the entertainers are hypocritical in how they handled the incident between Chris Rock and Will Smith when compared to the attack on comedian Dave Chappelle.
A crazed male suspect stormed the stage at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this week and assaulted Chappelle, who was in the middle of a set.
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During Wednesday's broadcast of "The Howard Stern Show," the namesake host said that Hollywood showed its true colors in its response to the two incidents.
“This guy jumped up on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” Stern said. “As soon as that happened, did they let him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No! They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so bad.”
He added, “They f***king beat the s*** out of him!”
Stern pointed out that Hollywood appeared to cater to Smith after he slapped Rock during the Oscars live broadcast.
“Unlike the Academy Awards, Jamie Foxx came running out on stage and helped Dave Chappelle,” Stern continued. “At the Academy Awards, everyone came over and consoled Will Smith — because it was live television and Hollywood didn’t know what to do about Will Smith.”
Hollywood, he fumed, shouldn't have treated Smith any different when compared to Chappelle's attacker, who was later identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee. Following the attack, videos showed EMTs transporting Lee — who appeared to have sustained severe injuries as a result of security manhandling him — in an ambulance to a local hospital.
“The audience at the Oscars gave Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack, that’s the truth,” Stern continued, pointing out how "f***ed up" Hollywood is. “It’s on film, it’s not fake news. They didn’t break Will’s hands, they shook them, and it’s wrong.”
“Some people in the audience at the Academy Awards still should be very ashamed of themselves," he insisted. "I hope they are."
Following the slap heard round the world, the Academy banned Smith from its annual ceremony for a period of 10 years.
Earlier during his broadcast, Stern said, "I hate to say it, but I’ve always thought, I told you I used to do live — 'America’s Got Talent.' I always thought it’s these live shows and everything, it’s crazy because people are getting nuttier and nuttier and they’re going to use these opportunities to attack people."
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\u201cThey didn\u2019t break Will\u2019s hands, they shook \u2018em.\u201d Howard Stern talks about how \u201cfu*ked up Hollywood\u201d is for not treating Will Smith when he attacked Chris Rock the same way security treated Dave Chappelle\u2019s attacker.pic.twitter.com/9Q4KOIEiUg— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1651683122
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