Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony after he joked about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett. The entire hall was stunned when Will Smith, who got angry over a joke about his wife, hit Rock in the face. Will stormed the stage and made a strike at Chris after he said, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.” Before returning back to his seat, Will yelled, “keep my wife’s name out of your Fu$&ing mouth.
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Later, while giving his best actor speech, Will Smith apologised to the Academy and all the fellow nominees. “Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things,” he said.
After being hit, Rock stated, “Will Smith just fking smacked the st out of me.” After giving a shock reaction, Rock said; That was the “greatest night in the history of television.”
Jada Pinkett has previously been very candid about having the hair loss condition alopecia. This is not the first time Chris has joked about Jada. He has mentioned her in his opening monologue at an awards show in 2016.