Will Smith SLAPS Chris Rock at Oscars 2022
“Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it, all right?” Chris joked on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith. “That was a nice one, OK?”
Will then walked on stage, slapped Chris and returned to his seat. He shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!”
Will ended up winning the Best Actor Oscar for playing Richard Williams in the movie King Richard and used his speech to apologize for the incident. “I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” Will said while breaking down. “This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me.”
The actor later made a comparison to the “crazy father” he played onscreen, before sharing advice he received from Denzel Washington after slapping the comedian. “In this business you gotta have people disrespecting you and you gotta pretend that that’s OK,” he said. “Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.'”
After the unscripted moment went viral on social media, celebs weighed in. They seemed to be just as shocked as viewers at home, with some backing Will and others defending Chris. Read their responses below.
Jaden Smith: “And That’s How We Do It”
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Maria Shriver: “We should never get to a place where we sit and watch a movie star hit someone on global television then, moments later, get a standing ovation while talking about love. #WillSmith #Oscars”
Sophia Bush: “Violence isn’t ok. Assault is never the answer. Also? This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather.”
Trevor Noah: “Wtaf????? That wasn’t scripted?????”
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Cardi B: “At your highest moment …be careful that’s when the devil tries to come for you”
Margaret Joseph: “Wow so disappointed in Will Smiths behavior tonight. @chrisrock is a class act he handled himself with true professionalism . Amazing the way he kept it moving#Oscar”
Natasha Rothwell: “Never thought the La La land debacle would ever be eclipsed but here we are.
E! News has reached out to the Academy, as well as to reps for Will and Chris, for comment and has not heard back.
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