Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence on the world-famous slap Will Smith issued on her behalf. According to her statement, the Smith family is still healing and won’t be sharing their “discoveries” for some time.
“Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing. Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls,” Jada said.
Jada’s first official word on the incident came during the season five premiere of her Emmy-winning show Red Table Talk. During the first 23 seconds of Wednesday’s episode, on-screen text presented the full statement. It closed by introducing the season’s first guest Janelle Monáe.
“Until then… table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest. Thanks for joining us,” Jada said.
Over the last few weeks, folks online have questioned the show’s guest list and whether Will, Jada or even Chris will take to the table to discuss the joke, smack and the career consequences that followed. Now, Jada has set the record straight: the discussion will come on the Smith’s timing.
Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock At 2022 Oscars
Less than a month ago, veteran actor Will shocked the world when he walked onto the 94th Academy Awards stage and open-palm slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face. The physical attack came after Chris cracked a G.I. Joe joke aimed at Jada’s bald hairstyle–which the actress previously revealed she shaved due to alopecia.
Footage from the moment shows Chris Rock making the joke, a seemingly annoyed look followed by an eye roll from Jada and a switch flip of Will laughing one moment and launching the slap the next. After returning to his seat, Will shouted a warning in Chris’s direction saying, “keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth.”
The next day Will issued an apology to Chris and the Academy, while acknowledging his wrongdoing and embarrassment.
“Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear, and I reacted emotionally,” Will wrote. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line, and I was wrong.” Will continued, “I am embarrassed, and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Will Faces Career Consequences For Oscars Slap
In the days after the slap, invested internet users shared video of additional moments where Jada was the butt of Chris’ jokes. One stand-out clip was of Chris Rock’s 2016 monologue at the Oscars, where he joked about her decision to boycott the awards for lack of diversity– a huge discussion at the time.
“Jada said she’s not coming, protest. I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,” Chris said.”
Still, despite what some people believe is a pattern of picking on Jada, Will faced repercussions for his response. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences banned Will for 10 years following his resignation. This ban means he cannot “attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.” However, he can still be a nominee and winner for future awards.
Chris has remained pretty quiet about the incident. Days after the slap, he told a sold-out, stand-up show audience that he was still processing what happened. Then in April, he confirmed he’s “OK” and won’t be chatting about the incident “until [he gets] paid.” Meanwhile, his brothers Tony and Kenny Rock are ready to put the paws on Will, with Kenny even challenging the I Am Legend star to a Celebrity Boxing match.
After accepting the Academy’s ban, Will has remained hush-hush on the situation.
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