In a recent interview, Leslie Jones, 56, passionately weighed in on the infamous 2022 Oscars incident where Chris Rock, her close friend of many years, faced an unexpected altercation with Will Smith. “The sheer audacity of that moment had me on the verge of driving down to the venue,” confessed an impassioned Jones. “It was an overwhelming mix of anger and disbelief.” Her upcoming memoir, “Leslie F*cking Jones”, set to release on September 19, delves into her decades-long camaraderie with Rock, recounting their initial encounter in the mid-90s and their journey together through the challenging world of stand-up comedy.
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In a candid interview, Jones recalls her deep-rooted bond with the entertainment star who played a pivotal role in her audition for Saturday Night Live in 2013. She reminisced about her initial skepticism, saying, “I questioned SNL’s authenticity, but he quickly set me straight, insisting I was being narrow-minded.”
Moreover, Rock’s unwavering support is evident as he authored the introduction to Jones’s latest book. “He consistently provides the precise guidance when I’m in a quandary,” says Jones.
However, when the tables turned in March 2022, Jones felt a strong urge to stand by Rock during a controversial moment. Referring to the infamous incident at the Oscars, she expressed her disbelief and frustration. “Chris just made a jest,” she remarked, further alluding to the event. “Having known Will as well, I was taken aback by his reaction. It’s the Oscars, after all – the world had its eyes fixed.”
She humorously recounted her conversation with Rock post-incident, sharing her light-hearted advice: “I was like, ‘Chris, when he got up why didn’t you run? I would’ve been running around that stage like “Will, calm down. Jada, call your man!””
In the aftermath of the shocking incident, many wish the response had been different. Commenting on Smith’s return to the stage for his Best Actor award, Jones remarked, “He had a chance to make it right.” She feels the right approach would have been for Smith to decline the award, admitting his mistake and requesting Rock’s return.
As a close confidant of Rock, Jones sheds light on the deep impact the incident had on the comedian, saying it was “deeply humiliating” for him. The event wasn’t just a momentary spectacle; it had lasting consequences. “It’s essential to realize that his family witnessed it,” she points out. Rock even felt the need to attend counseling sessions with his daughters.
However, in the midst of this turmoil, there was a silver lining. Rock channeled his emotions and returned to his roots – the stage. Speaking about the controversy surrounding his recent Netflix special, “Selective Outrage,” Jones defended, “This is what comedians do. When faced with challenges, they turn to the stage for catharsis. We should be thankful they have that outlet.”