Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence after Will Smith’s Oscar slap

While the 94th Oscar Awards ceremony was remembered with Will Smith’s slap to presenter Chris Rock, everyone spoke after the event, but Jada Pinkett Smith remained silent. Jada Smith spoke on a television show for the first time since what she described as “shocking”.

The slap that Will Smith threw at the host Chris Rock at the Oscars was talked about for days, even weeks. At the ceremony, everyone talked about Will Smith, who used the Rock’s words about his wife as an excuse, but Jada Pinkett Smith has always preferred to remain silent.

The 50-year-old actress, who participated in the TV show Red Table Talk, broke her silence about the slap for the first time. Jada Smith said she hopes her husband and Chris Rock will sort things out after what she described as “shocking”.

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Jada Pinkett Smith talks about post-OSCAR life

When 57-year-old Chris Rock joked about Jada Smith’s baldness during the Oscars scene, 53-year-old Will Smith jumped up and slapped Rock. “Don’t mention my wife’s name,” Smith shouted to Rock, swearing as he sat down. Jada Smith’s ‘alopecia areata’ is known to be losing her hair due to the ailment that is popularly known as ringworm or ringworm disease.

Talking about her illness first on the show, she said, “This is a really important Red Table Talk about alopecia. When I think about what I went through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars…” Jada Smith started by saying, “As for Oscar night, my biggest hope is that these two smart, talented men will have an opportunity to heal, talk about it and reconcile.”

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“In this state of the world today, we need both. And in fact, we all need each other more than ever before. “Since then, Will and I continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years, and we continue to understand this thing called living together.”

After the slap at the ceremony, the Smith couple attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party and danced to the applause of the people around. However, a day later, Will Smith’s apology came.

Will Smith, who slapped comedian host Rock by not being able to handle the joke he made to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, stated in his Instagram post that he apologized to the Academy, the host Chris, the people who attended the night and everyone who watched it from around the world.

“All forms of violence are toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable and unforgivable,” Smith said in a written statement.

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Stating that joking is part of her job, Smith said, “However, a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I had an emotional reaction.”

He also addressed Chris Rock, writing, “I want to apologize to you in front of everyone, Chris. I went too far and was wrong. I was embarrassed and my behavior didn’t suit the man I wanted to be. There is no place for violence in the world of love and kindness.”


At the 94th Academy Awards, when comedian host Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s ringworm disorder, Will Smith slapped Rock and Smith’s shouting twice, “Don’t mention my wife’s name,” was reflected on the live broadcast. It was also overshadowed by the slap that Smith won his first Oscar overnight for his role in King Richard.

The Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organized the Oscar ceremony, met virtually to discuss the disciplinary action against Will Smith, and with the decision taken, Smith, who slapped Chris Rock at the award ceremony, was banned from Oscar galas and other Academy events for 10 years.

Smith career in shadow

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Smith, who apologized to the Academy after slapping Chris Rock, resigned in his resignation statement, stating that he “betrayed the Academy’s trust” and that he was “heartbroken” by his actions, and used the words “I will fully accept any consequences for my behavior”.

Actor Whoopi Goldberg, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said in a statement that Smith would face big consequences for his actions, but that the Oscar award would not be withdrawn.

The sanctions for the star actress were not limited to the Oscar ceremonies, but the actress was banned from new projects. The actor had to say goodbye to his digital project Fast and Loose, the fourth installment of the famous Bad Boys franchise, and the sequel of I am Legend, written in gold letters to Smith’s career.

Two giant companies that bid to buy the film rights of Smith’s autobiography book published last year were also withdrawn from the auction.

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