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This Morning host Holly Willoughby has said that actor Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars 2022 are completely “inexcusable.”
The 40-year-old and her co-host Phillip Schofield discussed the controversial altercation on the ITV show, which saw Will Smith walk on stage and hit comedian Chris Rock after he made an insensitive joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia.
The duo were introducing a segment that asked This Morning callers to phone in to discuss occasions where “red mist” had descended on them and they felt the need to step in a defend their partner.
Introducing the segment, Phil, 59 explained: “Hopefully you held back and dealt with the situation differently.”
Holly then took over, saying: “Although there is no defence for raising a hand to someone, we want to know if you can perhaps understand how Will Smith was driven to his extreme actions last night.”
The mum of three then turned to her Dancing on Ice co-host Phil, going off script and speaking from the heart about her views on the situation.
Holly said: “It’s so difficult isn’t it? As even as you’re saying, 'driven to it', can you ever be driven to violence? That’s why we’re talking about it.”
She then added: “It’s so, it’s very… it’s inexcusable really.”
Earlier in the show, Holly said there was “no excuse for any kind of violence” and that she felt for Jada Pinkett-Smith as Chris took aim at her alopecia condition.
She declared: “Obviously there is no excuse for any kind of violence, that was an assault on somebody, whether or not people are saying ‘it was just a joke’.
“It was a joke about somebody who has got a condition, which obviously for her, you can see her reaction straight away. She doesn’t want it to be brought up in an auditorium. It’s not funny, it’s something that she is living with.”
Later, as Holly heard viewers opinions on the situation, she declared: "I find this really hard to talk about as every time I say this out loud you're thinking in your own head, 'there's absolutely no excuse for it'.
“So I caveat everything I'm about to say, but for the sake of this conversation, to talk around it, you know, humans make mistakes."
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Holly also admitted she was "surprised he was allowed to sit back down" and if it was anyone else in the building they would surely have been escorted out.
Earlier in the ITV schedule, presenter Lorraine Kelly also admitted that she was so shocked that the exchange was “genuine” as she initially thought it must have been “stunt” for “attention.”
Speaking to Ross King live from the blue carpet at the Vanity Fair afterparty, Lorraine revealed: “Ross, I must admit I did think, ‘Oh, it’s just one of these things just to get attention and get everybody talking.’ But this was really genuine, it was a moment.”
Lorraine, 62, echoed Holly’s concern for Jada and added: “More importantly, Jada’s talked about the fact that she’s got hair loss and alopecia and you could see her wee face and she looked really uncomfortable and upset and he saw that reaction.”
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