Mel Gibson interview gets cut off after he’s asked about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock
Mel Gibson's publicist awkwardly ended his interview with Fox's Jesse Watters after Watters asked Gibson about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
On Friday, Smith resigned from the Academy after receiving backlash for slapping Rock onstage during the Oscars ceremony on March 27.
The incident occurred after Rock, who was presenting the best documentary feature award at the time, made a "G.I. Jane" joke in reference to the hair of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles.
Gibson appeared on "Jesse Watters Primetime" to talk about his new movie "Father Stu," but towards the end of the interview Watters asked the actor's opinion on the response to Smith's slapping Chris Rock.
"You understand it probably better than a lot of people, with your career," Watters said. "And I was wondering if you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock, if you would have been treated the same way, Mel?"
The Academy is acused of being unfair in their response to Smith's slap when other controversial celebrities, such as Gibson, are still members of the organization.
A grinning Gibson then points his finger into the camera, spreads his hand and shakes his palm, as if to say, “No, no, don’t do that,” before an off-camera voice cuts the interview short.