Will Smith Speaks On How Jada Pinkett SAVED Him After Slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith Speaks On How Jada Pinkett SAVED Him After Slapping Chris Rock

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It’s been months since the King Richard star, Will Smith, slapped the comedian Chris Rock and the story is still so fresh like it was yesterday. After Will Smith’s apology about the Oscar event went viral, a lot of people have been interested in Jada’s role in the matter.

Well, the whole issue hasn’t come to an end as Will Smith explained how Jada Pinkett Smith supported him during the whole process. Do you think Jada did support Will Smith? Let’s get right in!

During the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, Smith walked onstage and slapped presenter and comedian Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head with a reference to the main protagonist in the film G.I. Jane.

Smith then returned to his seat and yelled to Rock, twice, saying “Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth!” Pinkett Smith had been diagnosed with alopecia areata in 2018 and would later shave her head due to the condition.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) said that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but he refused. Later in the night, Smith was named Best Actor for King Richard and apologized to the Academy and the other nominees, but not to Rock, in his acceptance speech.

Following public backlash, Smith issued a formal apology. ABC, AMPAS, and the Screen Actors Guild condemned Smith following the incident, prompting an investigation by the Academy’s Board of Governors.

Rock declined to press charges against Smith, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. On April 1, 2022, Smith tendered his resignation from the Academy, writing in part:

I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.

I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So,

I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.

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