Steve Harvey Reveals That He “Lost Respect” For Will Smith Following The Infamous Oscars Slap, Says His Actions Were A “Punk Move”

It’s been over a month since Will Smith shocked audiences around the world when he unexpectedly slapped Chris Rock during the live Oscars ceremony and there have been an endless amount of celebrities to offer their opinions on the matter—and now Steve Harvey is giving his perspective. During a recent speaking engagement, Steve Harvey was asked how he felt about Will Smith’s actions, stating that he “lost respect” for him, among other things.

While speaking at a keynote event at Georgia State University, Steve Harvey discussed a variety of topics, however it’s his comments about the slap seen ‘round the world that are making headlines. When asked how he would have handled the situation if he were in Chris Rock’s position, Steve made it clear that he would have been the wrong one to try and his feelings towards Will Smith have definitely changed since then.

After stating that Will Smith’s actions were a “punk move” and that he “lost a lot of respect for him,” Steve Harvey also explained that things would have gone very differently if he was the one who was assaulted. “I’m a Christian but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on. You slap T.D. Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. You slap me? If you sit back in your seat, Jada would have to move out of the way. That’s the type of Christian I am.”

As we previously reported, Will Smith was officially banned from the Oscars for 10 years and also banned from all Academy-related events, following his live assault of Chris Rock during this year’s Oscars ceremony.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Dave Chappelle faced a similar situation when a fan attacked him on stage with a weapon as he was performing his stand-up set at the Hollywood Bowl. The man, Isaiah Lee, has since been charged with multiple misdemeanors.

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