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GILBERT GOTTFRIED MADE HIS FEELINGS ON WILL SMITH'S OSCARS SLAP CLEAR
By STEPHANIE SALA
On April 12, Gilbert Gottfried's family announced the beloved comedian had died due to a long-term illness. The unexpected news of Gottfried's death has caused an emotional response from his friends and fans on social media.
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Two weeks before his death, Gottfried showed his support for fellow comedian Chris Rock during the Will Smith slap controversy. While some celebrities — like Tiffany Haddish — took Will's side in the argument, Gottfried stood up for Rock in the public discourse.
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Under an old photo of the smiling pair, Gottfried wrote, "Which is the worst crime? Chris Rock being physically assaulted or Chris Rock telling a joke?" Gottfried jokingly added in an interview, “If Will Smith is reading this, dear God, please don't come to my shows.”
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Gottfried was famous for pushing the envelope in his comedy routines and roast sets. When asked about Smith versus Rock, Gottfried cited a famous quote by George Carlin: "It's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.”
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