Jim Carrey feels Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at Sunday's Oscars harmed not just his legacy, but the whole Hollywood business.
He told Gayle King on CBS Mornings that Smith should be punished severely for punching Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith was not only not expelled from the event, but he received a standing ovation for his performance in King Richard. Smith apologised Monday on social media.
Rock has yet to publicly address the matter. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will conduct a formal review.
After King remarked that anybody else would have been evicted or arrested, Carrey said, "He should have been."
Not yet, police say. Carrey, who has no beef with Smith, said he understood why Rock didn't want the storey to go on. Carrey stated he would replace Rock.
“I'd have sued Will for $200 million this morning because that video is eternal. It will be everywhere,” Carrey told King. “That insult will linger.”
Beyond the grave damage to Smith’s own reputation, Carrey said the inaction from those in the room sent a clear message about the industry today.
“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,” said Carrey.