slapped Chris Rock during an Oscars presentation but then received applause for winning best actor for his role in "King Richard.""I was sickened," Carrey told Gayle King of "CBS Mornings" in an interview that aired Tuesday. "I was sickened by the standing ovation.""I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore," he continued.
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: Jim Carrey attends the LA special screening of Paramount's "Sonic The Hedgehog" at Regency Village Theatre on February 12, 2020 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/WireImage,) Carrey went on to say that he understands Rock not wanting to file a police report to avoid "the hassle" and said Smith should’ve been escorted out of the theater and even sued over the assault. RELATED: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock after Jada Pinkett Smith joke, then wins best actor Oscar"I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for 200 million dollars because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous," Carrey added. "That insult is gonna last a very long time."Carrey further said that people have the right to express their disapproval on social media and in other ways but "you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words."He then theorized why Smith resorted to violence over a joke. "It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated," he said but added he doesn’t have anything against Smith saying "he’s done great things."Oscar watchers were shocked when Will Smith stepped on stage and slapped Chris Rock after a joke the comedian made.