The controversial comedian was one of the presenters at the award ceremony, and his comment about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith didn’t sit well with the actor. Namely, Chris compared Jada to ‘GI Jane’ because of her shaved head, despite the fact that the actress spoke openly about the problems that cause her hair loss. Will then took the stage and hit Chris.
‘Leave my wife’s name,’ Will shouted at the end as he returned to the scene, and before the drama on stage, Jada openly rolled her eyes at the inappropriate joke. Interestingly, Will laughed at the joke at first, but after Jada’s furious look he got up and pounced on the comedian.
‘Will Smith just broke me in front of everyone. It was the biggest night in television history, ‘said Chris after the drama. By the way, this is not the first time he joked about a famous married couple. When he hosted the 2016 awards, he said: ‘Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars is like I’m boycotting Rihanna’s panties – I’m not invited!’
‘She got angry. It’s not fair because Will did a great job and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $ 20 million for ‘Wild West’. This year’s Oscars will be a little different. ‘In the’ sad memory ‘package, there will be only black people killed by police on the way to make a film,’ Chris said at the time, shocking the public with his jokes.
Two years later, Chris again joked about Will Smith who did not respond to provocations until last night’s Oscars.
What happened after the incident?
During commercial breaks, Will was immediately approached by publicist Meredith O. Sullivan to talk. During the same break, the actor was approached by his colleagues Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry to give him words of support.
Rock continued to lead the program, while Cooper, Perry, and Washington took turns consulting with Smith. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Variety that Chris Rock refused to file a police report after an argument with Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards.
After everything happened Will said:‘I want to apologize to the Academy and to all my fellow nominees, this is a beautiful moment, and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people’
He also took a moment and paid tribute to his mother. He said they are in a “complicated” relationship, and she didn’t want to come out last night because she has her knitting group.
‘Thank you for this honor, thank you for this moment, and thank you in the name of the Williams family. I hope the Academy invites me back. Thank you.’ Will said. He had so many apologies in his speech but none of them was for Chris Rock.