May 26, 2022


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Will Smith hit Chris Rock in the Oscars broadcast

Will Smith hit Chris Rock in the Oscars broadcast

Presenting the award for Best Documentary, Rock joked, “Jada I love you, ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it.”

The camera snapped to Pinkett Smith, who rolled her eyes as she sat next to Smith.

“That was cool,” said Rock, apparently responding to the joke that didn’t go well.

Pinkett Smith has been open about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that leads to hair loss

Then Rock said, “Oh ah,” and laughed as Smith walked toward him on stage and slapped Rock in the face.

According to CNN reporter Stephanie Elam, who was in the audience, you might hear Rock hitting. Twice during the incident, Smith said, according to Elam, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!”

“Oh, wow,” replied Rock.

To viewers at home, observers muted the verbal part of the exchange between Rock and Smith.

“That was the greatest night in the history of television,” said Rock.

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Rock declined to press charges, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

CNN has reached out to Smith’s publicist for comment.

Shawn “Diddy” Combs stepped onto the stage moments later and told Smith and Rock that they would settle things “like family” later.

Approximately 40 minutes after the accident, Smith is back on stage To accept the Academy Award for Best Actor and apologize to the Academy and to him fellow candidates about the incident, but he did not mention Rock by name.

Weeping accepted the award for his role as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams, in “King Richard”. Smith said Williams “was a fierce advocate for his family.”

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Smith said, “I know to do what we do, you have to be able to take offense and get people to talk about you. In this business, you have to have people who don’t respect you. And you have to smile and pretend it’s okay.”

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Smith also spoke about being a “protector” and thanked the tennis legends and their families.

Smith shared that before his victory, fellow candidate Denzel Washington shared some wisdom with him: “In your extreme moments, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.”

Smith ended by saying that he hoped the Academy would welcome him again.