I’ll be taping GMA tomorrow morning for the interview with our ATL homeboy Will Packer, the first black man to direct the Oscars. Will Packer is yet another person who Will Smith stole the glory from. I wonder what Will Smith is thinking right about now. So many dreams ruined by one seemingly out of character moment. I was one of the the few who felt like Will Smith was just sticking up for his wife. To be honest, I would have wanted my husband to address the situation too. But, I have hundreds of friends here who have changed my mind. Chris Rock has another sold out show tonight. So the news will continue to trickle in with news. But Chris and Will have not had spoken to each other at all since the slap heard round the world. Now, I have to go recap Top Chef and I am thankful for a new topic.
Police in Los Angeles were “prepared” to arrest Will Smith on battery charges moments after he slapped Chris Rock at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, the award show’s producer revealed in a new interview.
Producer Will Packer shared the stunning behind-the-scenes details in an interview with ABC that’s set to air in full Friday on “Good Morning America.”
Packer said Rock was in his office shortly after the primetime smackdown when LAPD officers showed up and offered to take action against Smith.
“They were saying, ‘This is battery,’ was the word they used in that moment,” Packer said, according to a clip of the interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”
“[The officers] said ‘we will go get him, we are prepared to get him right now,’” he recalled, referring to Smith. “’You can press charges and we can arrest him,’” the cops reportedly added.
But Packer said Rock was “dismissive” of the options and refused to press charges.
Packer’s comments on the incident come a day after reports emerged that Smith was never asked to leave the awards ceremony.