‘I’m ashamed’: Jesse Watters takes exception to Piers Morgan’s sympathy for Will Smith

(Video: Fox News)

Disputes over Will Smith’s behavior at the 94th Academy Awards continued Tuesday and one take left a Fox News host “ashamed” at what one of his colleagues said after describing Smith as a “monster.”

Piers Morgan joined “The Five” to discuss topics from the day and late in the program, the conversation shifted to the public apology that Smith had issued to comedian Chris Rock for slapping him. Morgan deftly recounted the key elements of the incident, including the relation of the joke to Jada Pinkett Smith’s health that may have catalyzed the assault.

After Morgan noted that Rock was an “innocent victim,” co-host Jeanine Pirro sought clarification on his stance. “So you think that words are a justification for violence?” she asked.

“No. You can’t ever condone violence in that situation and I don’t,” the panelist asserted before further explaining that he could understand the motivations behind the reaction from Smith. The Academy is set to convene Wednesday to discuss whether any actions be taken against the actor, including the possibility of rescinding his award.

Morgan reminded viewers how absurd that conversation was considering that convicted pedophile Roman Polanski and sex offender Harvey Weinstein have not had their Oscars taken away and stated, “The idea that we’re going to take Will Smith’s Best Actor Oscar for a brilliant performance in a great movie…let’s just get some perspective here.”

Pirro pivoted to co-host Jesse Waters and suggested there is a reason that motivations are not questioned in assault and the facts are key in making determinations on a crime. Reiterating how this is not “the man [Smith] wants to be” she asked, “Are we so in love with the character or is that the real Smith?”

“The real Smith looks like a monster if that’s who he is,” Watters asserted before adding, “there’s no one with more commercial appeal…children like this guy,” but now he’s destroyed that image with his slap.

“I’m ashamed of what you just said because you of all people should have thicker skin,” he continued while wagging his finger at Morgan. “If someone makes a crack about you and you’re that successful and your wife is sitting there and she’s that successful, it’s a roast. Take the joke and move on.”

Watters had already expressed his distaste with Morgan’s position and everything surrounding the incident on Monday when he said, “The fact that the L.A. Sheriff didn’t haul this guy out of there at the next commercial break explains why there’s such a huge crime problem in this country because you can just go up as an audience member and just cold-cocked the comedian on live television and get away with it.”

Morgan did not relent as he recalled an experience in years past where he witnessed what he considered the true character of Smith.

“I interviewed Jada Pinkett Smith for CNN and Will Smith turned up. It was in New York,” he explained.

“He turned up and he sat in the shadows like lurking,” Morgan continued. “And he came up to me before he started, and he went, ‘Mr. Morgan, don’t upset my wife. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.’ I now know what he meant.”

The panelist further explained that his family agrees he would have responded in kind and that polls show Americans are supporting Smith on this front. Watters revealed a similar experience he had after interviewing Harvey Weinstein on the matter of taking responsibility for his actions. The man allegedly grabbed him and said, “Don’t you dare ever ask me a question like that again.”

Their debate is likely to continue as further developments arise from this story.


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