BBC Breakfast presenter Jon Kay slams Oscars after Will Smith smacks Chris Rock

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BBC Breakfast presenter Jon Kay has made it clear he's unimpressed with the Academy Awards after a monumental moment saw Will Smith storm the stage to smack Chris Rock across the face.

Presenting alongside his co-host Sally Nugent on Monday morning (March 28), Jon was chatting to Media and Arts Correspondent David Sillito about what went down on the Oscars stage last night.

And he didn't hesitate to slam the ceremony after what happened.

Jon commented: "It is extraordinary. A ceremony which is normally so tightly controlled and so pre-prepared, and has been accused of being quite boring over the last few years…

"All of a sudden this real, emotional, dramatic moment in front of millions!"

David quickly agreed: "It is what has killed the Oscars, is that every joke has been rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed, until it isn't funny. It's a long evening to get through, often, and you're waiting for occasionally a moment where something happens.

"And then this, which was just utterly inexplicable. So out of character for Will Smith."

Later in the programme, Sally and Jon were chatting to a Hollywood correspondent at an Oscars after party, which led to some interesting questions about the two men involved in the altercation.

Jon said: "It'll be interesting to see – will Will Smith turn up?"

"Who knows?" Sally responded, as Jon pressed on: "Will Chris Rock turn up?"

His co-star said: "We'll know in the next few hours where they might be. Are they going to talk to each other?"

Jon let out a breath through his teeth as he admitted: "I don't know."

The live incident came after award presenter Chris Rock made a joke directed at Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, suggesting that she will be starring in G.I. Jane.

Jada, who has alopecia, recently shaved her head.

Will then stormed up on stage and appeared to smack Chris across the face, with a visibly shocked Chris saying Will "smacked the s**t" out of him as Will returned to his seat.

But it wasn't over, as Will repeatedly yelled: "Get my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth!"

Chris responded: "I was going to, okay?", before adding: "That was… uh… the greatest night in the history of television."

Will Smith has since apologised to the Academy for the incident, admitting in a teary speech: "I want to apologise to the academy and I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees."

Will later added: "Love will make you do crazy things."

BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.

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