Ok, some of us aren’t the only ones ready to move past the Will Smith and Chris Rock incident, including Mel Gibson’s handler.
When Gibson was asked during an interview by Fox News’ host Jesse Watters on Friday about the Oscar confrontation, his handler quickly intervened.
The veteran actor is no stranger to onstage conflict himself, but clearly, he had nothing to do with what occurred.
‘You understand it probably better than a lot of people, with your career,’ Watters said to Gibson, referring to Smith slapping Rock after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith last Sunday.
‘And I was wondering if, you know, 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?’
Gibson is seen pointing his finger into the camera, grimaces, and then shakes his head and waves his other hand.
‘Hello, Jesse? Um, thank you, that’s our time,’ cuts in a female voice who is off-camera.
Gibson continues to smile awkwardly as he looks sideways off-camera and then into his lap.
But Watters continues to press further.
‘Have you ever thought about that?’
‘Um, I’m – thank you, Jesse,’ the female voice is heard again. ‘Uh, we – that is our time.’
Watters thanks him for his time, and Gibson looks back at the camera and waves.
‘Well, Mel, thank you very much for joining Jesse Watters Primetime. We really appreciate it,’ Watters ended.
The interview aired about an hour after the news broke that Smith had resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in which he also said he will accept any further consequences from the Academy’s board for his actions.
On Wednesday, they held an emergency board meeting of its governors to start a formal review process of Smith’s conduct, the Daily Beast reported.
It is possible that Gibson did not want to join the band of other actors who have commented on the now infamous, which included comments from fellow stars who criticized the incident, Jim Carrey and Zoe Kravitz, both faced backlash and were accused of hypocrisy as their own scandals were re-aired by Twitter.