Steve Harvey calls Will Smith slapping Chris Rock a ‘punk move’: ‘I lost a lot of respect for him’

When Top Gun: Maverick finally lands in theaters May 24, it will even sound different than once planned.

Twenty One Pilots lead singer Tyler Joseph said Tuesday, during an interview with Los Angeles radio station KROQ, that he was once involved with the music.

“Funny thing, I was working with the music-placement person for the new Top Gun, on writing a new song for them, and then I believe Tom Cruise came in and just fired everyone,” Joseph said. “You’ve seen that new Top Gun trailer has been out for like three years. There’s been a few overhauls, and I was part of that.”

However, Joseph said that he hadn’t gotten far.

“I saw some scenes,” Joseph said. “They brought me in to show me some scenes and stuff, and I actually don’t think I started writing.”

Steve Harvey believes Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars was a “punk move,” that he only did because he knew no one would stop him during the live broadcast.

“I lost a lot of respect for him,” Harvey told an audience of a few dozen law students and more than 100 others who came to hear him speak at Georgia State University on April 25, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story that’s now making national headlines.

“I’m a Christian but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2,” the Judge Steve Harvey star, whose legal documents had been examined by the students as part of their curriculum for the semester, said. “That’s the level of Christianity I can work on. You slap [Pastor] T.D. Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. You slap me? If you sit back in your seat, Jada [Pinkett Smith] would have to move out of the way. That’s the type of Christian I am.”

Smith infamously slapped Rock, who was presenting an award, after he joked about Smith’s wife having a shaved head. Pinkett Smith struggles with alopecia, although it was unclear if Rock was aware of that before he made the crack.

Since the contentious moment, Smith has apologized to Rock and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the awards. Last month, he resigned from the organization, just before officials decided to ban him from academy events for the next 10 years. However, they allowed him to keep the Best Actor award that he won moments after striking Rock for his work in King Richard, playing the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.