'Will Smith And Trump Are The Same Guy,' Howard Stern On Oscars Slap

Howard Stern compared Will Smith's behavior at Sunday's Academy Awards to that of former President Donald Trump, calling them "the same guy" in his post-show commentary.

"Not one person came out, because he's Will Smith, this is how Trump gets away with s***. Will Smith and Trump are the same guy," Stern said during a Monday taping of his SiriusXM show. "He decided he's going to take matters into his own hands. At a time when the world is at war. Bad timing, man. Calm your fucking a** down."

Smith shockingly confronted and slapped comedian and Oscars presenter Chris Rock on stage at this year's Oscars after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.

"Wow. Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me," Rock said after Smith walked off the stage.

An uncensored version of the exchange shows Smith repeatedly yelling at the comedian: "Keep my wife's name out your f****** mouth!"

On Monday, Stern said that at first, he was unsure if the incident was staged or not.

"He opened his hand with a lot of force, smacks him right in the mouth on TV. Now the first thing I said to myself was 'what the f*** is going on, is this a bit?' because where is security? This is a live television event!" the radio show host said.

Stern said he was surprised that Rock was able to bounce back from the altercation and continue on with the show and presenting the Best Documentary Feature.

"Chris Rock—Jesus—the guy is so fast, comedy-wise, he actually recovered and made a joke and said 'Gee, best Oscars yet,'" he said. "He was able to comment outside of what just happened to him and then he got flustered."

"He was flustered, he was obviously—his head—he got f***** over," Stern said.

Following the incident, Rock said, "That was the greatest night in the history of television. Okay. Okay," before presenting the Oscar to Summer of Soul, the documentary film about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival directed by Questlove.

Stern isn't the only one to draw comparisons between Smith's explosion and the former president.

Comedian Rosie O'Donnell also tweeted, "We watched [Smith] do it — then like the Trump years — we don't hold anyone accountable."

"The Oscars have demonstrated the power of group psychology," Republican strategist Steve Schmidt wrote on Twitter. "The room is a hermetically sealed bubble where all mores can be eradicated in a second. Do you want to understand how Trump happened? Watch the Oscars and the crowd reaction. The pull to belong is very powerful."

Newsweek reached out to Trump and Smith for comment but did not hear back before publication.

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"Will Smith and Trump are the same guy," Stern said on Monday. On the left, former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. On the right, Will Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. Joe Raedle/Lionel Hahn/Getty