Will Smith slaps Chris Rock in the face on Oscars stage – Deadline

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Chris Rock got more than he could have bargained for as a presenter at the 94th Academy Awards. At the presentation of the award for Best Documentary Feature, which ultimately went to Questlove’s soul summerhe made a joke at the expense of Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, leading to an onstage altercation that was unscripted and drew gasps from the room, sources say.

“Jade, I love you. GI Jane 2I can’t wait to see it,” Rock said in reference to Pinkett Smith’s appearance.

Will Smith seemed to laugh after Rock’s comment. But then he stunned the Dolby audience by storming the stage and punching Rock in the face. “Wow,” Rock said afterwards. me.”

Smith’s comments came as he returned to his seat, but it was obvious he had told Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”

“Wow, man. It was a G.I. Jane kidding,” Rock replied.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” Smith repeated as the audience fell silent, according to those in attendance.

Pinkett Smith’s appearance is the result of alopecia, an autoimmune disease she has publicly battled against, which causes hair loss by attacking hair follicles.

Sources tell us that Rock then approached the Smiths to apologize, and Denzel Washington got involved.

The moment was all the more surreal considering Smith was nominated tonight for his role in the Warner Bros. sports drama. King Richard and would later return to the stage to claim the Best Actor award, as planned.

“Will, Chris, we’re going to work this out as a family at the Gold Party,” presenter P. Diddy later said in the aftermath. “For now, we will carry on with love.”

Later, when Smith returned to claim the Best Actor award, he chose to address the moment with Rock: “I want to apologize to the Academy; I want to apologize to all of my fellow nominees.” , he said in tears. I hope the Academy will invite me again. Smith, it should be noted, did not apologize onstage to Rock.

He instead alluded to what happened in reference to Richard Williams, the father of tennis sensations Venus and Serena, whom he portrayed in King Richard“Richard Williams was a fierce advocate for his family. At this time in my life, right now, I am overwhelmed with what God is calling me to do and be in this world,” Smith said. I have to protect Aunjanue Ellis, who is one of the strongest and most delicate people I have ever met. I have to protect Saniyya [Sidney] and half [Singleton]the two actresses who played Venus and Serena [Williams]I am called in my life to love people and to protect them, and to be a river for my people.

“I know to do what we do, you have to be able to take abuse, you have to be able to have people talk about you like crazy. In this business, you have to be able to have people who miss you. respect. you, and you gotta smile and pretend you’re okay,” he added. “Denzel said to me a few moments ago, he was like, ‘At your highest moment, be careful. .’ [But] I want to be a vessel of love.

The clip of Smith and Rock’s altercation is above and Smith’s Oscar speech is below.

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