Richard Madeley didn’t hold back when expressing how ‘unbelievably rude’ Chris Rock apparently was when he interviewed him, describing the comedian as ‘a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work’.
A year after he was slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars, Chris has spoken out about the incident in his new Netflix stand-up special, making headlines while roasting the actor’s marriage with Jada Pinkett Smith.
On Monday’s Good Morning Britain, Richard and Susanna Reid chatted about the slapping incident being brought back to the forefront of the news, with the former saying that he had ‘limited sympathy’ for the comic.
‘I’m not defending what happened to him, it’s wrong, completely wrong. But in 50 years in this game, he is rudest man I’ve ever had to interview, Chris Rock,’ the 66-year-old stated.
Susanna, 52, listened intently as her co-star recalled interviewing Chris alongside Ben Stiller when they were promoting Madagascar, the 2005 animated movie they both voiced characters for.
‘I have to say, it stands out in my memory,’ the broadcaster said. ‘He was just consistently unbelievably rude. A thoroughly unpleasant piece of work.’
Richard then quipped, referring to Will slapping Chris last year: ‘I didn’t smack him though, I kept my hands to himself.’
Shortly afterwards, the broadcaster outlined how the comedian reportedly acted in a rude way, rather than using uncouth language in their interview.
‘I think we need to hear the other side of the story,’ Susanna quipped, as Richard responded: ‘I’d love to do that. Bring him over! Keep my hands behind my back.’
During Chris’ Netflix special, viewers spotted an error in the roast of King Richard Oscar winner Will.
The comedian incorrectly claimed that Will played a shark in the 2004 animated movie Shark’s Tale, when in fact he starred as a fish in the film.
In his stand-up performance, Chris mocked the ‘entanglement’ that Will and Jada openly addressed regarding their marriage, when Jada became romantically involved with musician August Alsina.
‘We all been cheated on. Everybody in here has been cheated on. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television,’ Chris said of the couple’s Red Table Talk about the issue.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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