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Will vs. Kissing Reporter

The SMACK Down!

5/18/2012 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Will Smith delivered the slap heard 'round Russia after a reporter tried to kiss him -- sparking a huge debate: did Will overreact or was he justified? Someone in the newsroom thinks he should have punched the guy!

Plus, Clint Eastwood's wife and kids are trying to turn him into a Kardashian! At least that's Harvey's take on their new reality show. Speaking of Kim Kardashian ... is she really a bigger star than Kanye West? Ugghh ...
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(0:00) Will Smith bitch slaps a reporter in Russia who tried to lay a wet one on him -- some people in the newsroom think he went to far ... others think he didn't go far enough.
(9:46) Facebook hits Wall Street -- and makes billionaires and millionaires out of a whole bunch of nerds. (13:00) "American Idol" finalist Phillip Phillips is one tough cookie -- he's postponing surgery for chronic kidney stones until after the show is over.
(19:00) Donna Summer blames the September 11 attack for her lung cancer.
(22:20) David Letterman and Conan O'Brien take shots at Jay Leno while reminiscing over the "Tonight Show" fiasco.
(24:30) Harvey can't stand the reality show based on Clint Eastwood's wife ... but not everyone agrees..
(30:30) Is Kim Kardashian really a bigger star than Kanye West?
(34:10) Sarah Jessica Parker is the new George Clooney ... at least in President Obama's eyes.
(36:15) "50 shades of Grey" sparks huge sales ... in sex toys.
(40:10) Did Gloria Allred break any laws when she swooped up the John Does accusing John Travolta of sexual harassment?
(43:40) We take your calls!
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31.

agold    

Harvey must have just grown a brain. There is nothing different about this show. They will start scripting things soon. Then it will be the same as all the others.

801 days ago
32.

TonTeezy    

"Who's Bigger?" The TMZ tour bus!

801 days ago
33.

Donovan    

Mike, you do internet news? You don't happen to have people in your family who are in law enforcement too do you?

801 days ago
34.

Danielle    

TMZ's bias and promotion of the Kardashians is really turning me off from this site.

801 days ago
35.

Flying Blind    

rap sucks!

801 days ago
36.

Teelee    

I think will smith was right to slap him...because u dnt get in nobody space like that..but If that was me I would of slap him harder then will smith did

801 days ago
37.

Dee    

The reporter was out of line for sure. But as a celebrity, it comes with the territory that you're going to have these uncomfortable encounters with fans or goofy reporters. I don't think it was so much the slap as the anger in his eyes that I found to be really surprising. He didn't handle it in a bad way per se - but Rafael Nadal had a male fan run onto court and kiss him on the lips once, and Rafa just laughed it off. Will's reaction is weird to me.

801 days ago
38.

EliManning    

This has nothing to do with homos.

I can understand that Will Smith didn't like it but he shouldn't have been so surprised. In Russia and other parts of Europe over there, kissing cheek to cheek isn't an uncommon greeting among men. Mediterreranean too.

You would have thought that Will's handlers would have warned him about that.

801 days ago
39.

sartet    

Russian is not a reporter, but the Ukrainian 1 +1

801 days ago
40.

Bitchmaster    

Yes Kim K is the biggest of them all. She easily overwhelms anyone. Even the lucky privilege men that she allows to be with her. I'm sure they beg for days on end just to experience her huge popularity!

801 days ago
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Johnny Lovett    

As far as I am aware that it was a harmless cheek to cheek kiss which is normal in the country and custom he was attending, I would have thought that Will Smith being a intelligent man travelling the planet as much as his does would have realized that however celebrities have to be on their toes in today’s crazy world and reacted quite normal and handled it very well

801 days ago
42.

Papichulo168    

Clearly Levine and two of his gay cohorts are trying to spin this stroy as Will Smith being intolerant and a homophobe for slapping the "affectionate" reporter.

Levine actually thought (and was disappointed) the caller from Sao Paolo would agree with the spin.

801 days ago
43.

Eli    

The guy was lucky he didn't get punched.

801 days ago
44.

Eskil    

It is clear you Americans have no idea what European standards are when you say we are more affectioned and that this is normal here.

Ofcourse it is not normal, you dont grab a guy or girl and try to kiss them just like that.

Dont make an issue that will bitchslapped him afterwards, it was in the heat in the moment and i think Will did that in a second without thinking but he was correcting the guy saying what is wrong with you.
Anyone else probably would've beat the **** out of the reporter.
I think Will realized he was a bit wrong and therefor solved it with a little joke about the fact he didnt suckerpunch him.
But Will's reaction is totally normal.
Remember sean penn on the red carpet a few years back decking a reporter for being a little weird? that is going to far.
Will solved this as any intelligent guy would have.

801 days ago
45.

ABUTOM    

WILL SMITH DID THE RIGHT THING AND KEPT HIS COMPOSURE. THAT WAS A MEDIA SET UP KISS TO PROMOTE SICK SEX AND DEMEAN BLACK MALES. IT WAS DESIGNED TO CREATE A LIE. WILL NIPPED THAT SHET IN THE BUD.
WWW.MEDIACRAPMATTERS.US

801 days ago
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