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I was meditating during Will Smith’s Oscars slap

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It was alleged to be a magical night for Questlove on the 2022 Academy Awards on Sunday evening.

However the now-Oscar-winning Roots drummer’s second was overshadowed by Will Smith smacking presenter Chris Rock’s face simply moments earlier than his win for Greatest Documentary Characteristic for “Summer time of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution May Not Be Televised).”

Questlove now says he had no concept the altercation between the 2 males had even occurred as a result of was training Transcendental Meditation on the time to get into the zone earlier than the winner was introduced.

“When the industrial break was taking place, I used to be simply in my [space],” first-time director Questlove informed Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s “The Tonight Show.”

“So after I opened my eyes, I didn’t understand — why is everybody so quiet? Like, I actually was not current for that complete total second,” defined the 51-year-old musician, whose group is the home band on Fallon’s chat present. Questlove’s win was introduced by a shaken Rock, 57, instantly following the incident.

“As I’m strolling to the stage, I’m form of placing two and two collectively, and I spotted that that was an actual second, like, possibly three seconds earlier than I spoke phrases,” the filmmaker added. “I used to be not current in any respect. I used to be simply in a clean area.”

A supply told Page Six Monday that Questlove and his producers — Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein — have been extremely excited to win the distinction, however discovered the entire ordeal “odd.”

“What can one say? The air was taken out of the room by everybody, so how can it not have an effect on the second?” the supply mentioned. “I feel everybody was shocked. It was a surprising second. … It was an odd second.”

Questlove’s documentary took a take a look at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Competition, which lasted for six weeks. The fest’s lineup included icons equivalent to Stevie Surprise, Nina Simone, Sly and the Household Stone, Mahalia Jackson and The fifth Dimension.

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Smith slapped Rock in the course of the 2022 Academy Awards.
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The 94th Academy Awards’ viral second kicked off when “King Richard” star Smith — who received the Oscar for Greatest Actor in a Main Position later that night — went up onstage to hit Rock after the latter made a not-so-nice hair joke about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith. He prompt the “Ladies Journey” star was able to shoot a sequel to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” which starred a bald-headed Demi Moore.

After returning to his seat, Will shouted at Rock, “Hold my spouse’s title out of your f–king mouth!”

Smith subsequently apologized to Rock on Monday through Instagram, writing: “Violence in all of its varieties is toxic and damaging. My conduct ultimately evening’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: (L-R) Joseph Patel, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent, winners of Best Documentary Feature for "Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)," pose in the press room during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/WireImage) in the press room at the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images )
“Summer time of Soul” producers Joseph Patel, David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent pose with director Questlove (second from left).
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