LeVar Burton jokes about Will Smith’s Oscars slap at Grammys pre-show – New York Post

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The Grammys haven’t even officially started — but the Will Smith jokes have.

“I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian. If you know what I mean,” LeVar Burton said while hosting the Grammys’ “premiere ceremony,” which was held hours before Sunday’s televised main event and doles out the majority of the music awards.

“So I need to caution everybody: Remain in your seats and keep your hands to yourself. Alright?” the actor and host joked at the afternoon ceremony.

LeVar Burton joked about Will Smith's infamous Oscar night slap while hosting the Grammys premier ceremony.
LeVar Burton joked about Will Smith’s infamous Oscar night slap while hosting the Grammys premiere ceremony.
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Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith balding.
Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
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Comedian Nate Bargatze arrived on the stage wearing a helmet for protection.
Comedian Nate Bargatze arrived on the stage wearing a helmet for protection.
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Comedian Nate Bargatze then walked onto the stage wearing a large black helmet.

“They said comedians have to wear these now at award shows during their joke parts,” he said, as some audience members appeared shocked. “It doesn’t even cover your face, I think it just focuses where you would hit me.”


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Burton and Bargatze were of course referencing the slap heard ’round the world last Sunday when actor Will Smith smacked comedian Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.

Smith, who went on to win a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “King Richard,” was facing possible expulsion or suspension by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences when he resigned from the organization Friday.

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