Denizel Washington has now publicly spoken out about what happened at last Sunday’s awards show, after Chris Rock was slammed at the Smith Oscars after congratulating Will Smith.
Washington attended a leadership meeting of author and bishop TD Jackson on Saturday morning to discuss his career and faith when Jackson asked him what happened at the Oscars between Smith and Rock.
“Well, there’s a saying, ‘When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong.’ The devil goes, ‘No, let him alone, he is my favorite.’ On the contrary, when the devil comes at you, it’s probably because he is trying to do something right. And for whatever reason the devil got into that state that night, “he told Jackson on the Washington Stage.
Washington was talking to Asmith, along with Tyler Perry and Smith’s publicist, during a commercial break at the Oscars, after Smith rocked the Rock for joking about Jake Pinkett Smith. During his acceptance speech for the Best Actor, Smith thanked Washington and said that Washington told him, “At your highest moment, be careful; this is the time when the devil comes for you.”
“Fortunately there were people. Not only me, but others, Tyler Perry, came there with me immediately. [Said] Some prayers. I do not mean to say what we are talking about, but there for God’s grace take any of us. Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the ins and outs of the situation, but I do know that the only solution was prayer, the way I see it, “Washington said on Saturday.
Asmund’s comments on people’s affection have turned into one of the biggest crises of his career. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began investigating the attack this week, and on Friday resigned from a membership of the Smith Academy.
“The list of those who bothered me is long and that includes Chris, his family, my many dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance, and a global audience at home,” Smith said in a statement on Friday. “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I gave other nominees and winners an opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken. “
At his first stand-up show after Tapping, Ruck talked about the events in Boston, saying he was still “processing what happened” and would discuss it fully later.
“I have nothing to do with what happened, so if you mean it, I have a whole show that I wrote earlier this week,” Rock said on Wednesday night’s show. “I’m still processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that mess. And it should be serious and comedy.
Correction: Washington citations were updated for clarity.