Will Smith smacked Chris Rock in the face at the 2022 Oscars when the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
Will Smith was having a good time posing for the camera before slamming Chris Rock in the head during the 2022 Academy Awards.
Rock, 57, joked to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in the crowd on Sunday evening, “I adore you, Jada. I’m looking forward to seeing you in G.I. Jane 2, “while he was introducing the Best Documentary Oscar. Pinkett Smith, 50, has been rocking a bald haircut since she was diagnosed with alopecia, an inflammatory disease that damages follicles, causing bald spots and hair loss.
The host of Red Table Talk was displeased, and Smith, 53, laughed from his seat before leaping to the stage and smacking Rock across the face.
The Oscar winner subsequently revealed in an Instagram post that same night that he picked “chaos” in the caption of a video showing him and Pinkett Smith having fun in their red carpet best in front of a green backdrop.
“Me and @jadapinkettsmith got all dolled up to chose mayhem,” the King Richard actress posted, smiling and posing together.
Following the now-viral scene at the 2022 Academy Awards, a very surprised Rock remarked, “Oh my goodness. Will Smith just smacked the living daylights out of me “Following the incident, the father of three returned to his seat.
“Don’t say anything about my wife’s name!” After resuming his seat, Smith yelled up to the stage at Rock. “Wow, buddy,” Rock said, “it was a G.I. Jane joke!” Smith retorted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—-ing mouth!”
“I’ll do it, okay?” Rock responded before presenting the prize and saying, “That was the… greatest night in the history of television.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences quickly responded on Twitter with a statement.
The Academy “does not condone violence in any form,” according to a tweet from the institution. “Tonight, we are thrilled to honor our 94th Academy Award winners, who have earned this moment of recognition from their peers and cinema fans all over the world,” the statement added, moving the attention to the newly minted Oscar winners.
The issues between the Best Actor winner and Oscar presenter, according to a source, date back several years, when Rock targeted Pinkett Smith during his own hosting role at the 2016 Academy Awards.
“When Chris hosted the Oscars in 2016, Jada declared a boycott due to the ‘Oscars So White’ controversy. He made light of her in his monologue, claiming she couldn’t boycott something she wasn’t invited to “the insider clarified “Will was still enraged by it.”
According to a bystander at the awards presentation, Rock “”Everyone in the mezzanine was rising up to see what was happening on – everyone surprised,” he said after getting struck by Smith. The sound of a pin dropping could be heard. ‘Is this really happening?’ everyone was thinking to themselves.”
The Los Angeles Police Department claimed in a statement that Rock had not filed a police report against Smith during the confrontation, according to Variety. PEOPLE reached out to the LAPD for comment, but they did not respond right away.
According to the publication, “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident involving two persons during the Academy Awards event.” “One person slapped another during the incident. The person who was involved in the incident has declined to submit a police report. The LAPD will be available to finish an investigative report if the involved party requests one at a later time.”
Smith later recognized the incident in his victory speech after winning Best Actor for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams in King Richard, although he didn’t mention Rock.
“I am overwhelmed by what God is calling me to do and be in this world at this time in my life, at this moment,” he stated through tears. “In my life, I’m being called to love people, to defend people, and to be a river for my people.”
“I understand that to accomplish what we do, you must be able to take insults and have people gossip about you. You have to be able to put up with people disrespecting you in this profession and smile and act as if it’s not a big deal.”
As a “fierce defender of his family,” Smith equated himself to his King Richard character.
The actor then addressed the incident immediately, apologizing to the Academy and his fellow nominees for the event — but not Rock.
“I’d want to express my regret to the Academy. I’d want to express my regret to all of my fellow nominees “he stated
Smith, who had previously been nominated for Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness, went on to say, “Art imitates life: I resemble my insane father. They said the same thing about Richard Williams. Love, on the other hand, will drive you insane.”
Later, he said, “The ability to love and care for my mother and family, as well as my wife…
Thank you so much for the honor. Thank you for this opportunity. I’m hoping to get invited back to the Academy.”