Dave Chappelle attack: Howard Stern calls out Hollywood hypocrisy in relation to Will Smith slap

The shock attack on comedian Dave Chappelle during a live show has laid bare “how f**ked up Hollywood is”, according to radio icon Howard Stern.

In a rant on his show, the host has called out the blatant double standard revealed by the starkly different treatment handed out to Will Smith, who assaulted comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, and Chappelle’s alleged attacker.

“This guy jumped up on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” he said on The Howard Stern Show.

“As soon as that happened, did they let him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No! They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so bad.”

“They f***ing beat the s**t out of him.”

Camera IconA man fly tackles Dave Chappelle during a live show. Credit: Unknown/Twitter

Footage shared online showed a man in a black hoodie rushing the Hollywood Bowl stage and pushing the comic before being stopped by security guards and members of the star’s team as he attempted to flee.


The man allegedly behind the attack, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon but not before he was carted away from the back of the venue strapped to an ambulance gurney bleeding and bruised and with an obviously injured arm, twisted at an unnatural angle.

“Unlike the Academy Awards, Jamie Foxx came running out on stage and helped Dave Chappelle,” Stern said.

“At the Academy Awards, everyone came over and consoled Will Smith — because it was live television and Hollywood didn’t know what to do about Will Smith,” Stern said.

“The audience at the Oscars gave Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack, that’s the truth. It’s on film, it’s not fake news. They didn’t break Will’s hands, they shook them and it’s wrong.”

FILE - Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.  The incident on Sunday has sparked debate about the appropriate ways for Black men to publicly defend Black women against humiliation and abuse.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Camera IconThe slap heard around the world. Credit: Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Chappelle was tackled to the ground as he performed as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival in Los Angeles. Lee is being held in custody on a $30,000 bond in connection with the incident.


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