According to Terry Crews, not only was Chris Rock’s restraint during the Oscars after being slapped by Will Smith was the apex of professionalism, but it was an act that might’ve “saved Hollywood.”

While talking to the Hollywood Reporter about the release of his new memoir, Crews was asked to weigh in on the Oscars slap:

“Both Will Smith and Chris Rock are dear, dear friends of mine, I love them both as brothers, but there was a time in my life where I was Will Smith at that moment, and let me tell you, I’ve done worse than Will. Way overkill, just … the punishment did not fit the crime. Like, people were like, ‘What in the world are you doing?’ My wife even had to be like, ‘You got to promise me you will never go off like this. You did not need to pick this man up and put him on his head, on the concrete. When I look back, by what Chris did, by just deciding to hold everything together, it actually, I think in a lot of ways saved Hollywood, because if there would’ve been a brawl on that stage, I don’t know if Hollywood would’ve ever gotten any respect again, you know? It’s hard to even imagine what would’ve happened. The definition of toughness where I grew up and the way I was, it was always the ability to strike, the ability to punch, the ability to set things straight, to even the score. But the true definition of toughness was what Chris did in taking a punch and then holding everything together and then showing tremendous endurance and resilience in the middle of obstacles.”