Amy Schumer opens up about backstage tension following Oscars slap

Amy Schumer attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California
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Comedian Amy Schumer visited “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” this week, and as sure as Spring follows Winter, the host asked her about Will Smith’s shocking smack to Chris Rock’s face at the Oscars.

To say that “the slap” was the elephant in the room was an understatement, and Schumer, who was one of the three co-hosts at the Oscar ceremony, took it in stride when Cohen addressed the situation.

However, as Yahoo reported, Cohen moved past that moment and asked if Schumer had any thoughts about the standing ovation that happened once Smith was named Best Actor, less than an hour after the slap.

Rather than too much speculation, Schumer demurred to try to explain how it felt backstage at the time. "I'll just say, I was backstage and I knew I had to go out,” said the “Life & Beth” star. “I was kind of the only host that was going out solo after that."

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"We were all just, like, watching the monitor,” she continued. “And then he won. Everybody was just kind of floored with the whole thing. And I was just thinking about -- what am I going to do when I go out there?"

The "Trainwreck" star also teased that the backstage tension "really felt like the Situation Room of comedy."

Schumer has already addressed the bizarre incident in a since-deleted Instagram post and in her first stand-up gig after the Oscars last week in L.A., where she admitted it was still upsetting, and that Smith’s actions said "so much about toxic masculinity."

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