Smith smacked Rock after the comedian blurted a “G.I. Jane” joke on his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has a shaved head, reportedly due to alopecia.
Rock referenced the 1997 film where Demi Moore played the role of a Navy member with a shaved head.
Rock made the joke before he presented the Best Documentary award while Jada can be seen rolling her eyes as reaction. Will, who actually initially laughed at the joke, soon went on stage and slapped Rock.
When he went back to his seat, and as Rock attempted to cool things off by saying “it was a G.I. Jane joke,” Will shouted “Keep my wife’s name out your f*cking mouth” twice.
During the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off. Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side. pic.twitter.com/uDGVnWrSS2— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) March 28, 2022
Washington appeared to have comforted Will and Jada during commercial break, as seen on The Hollywood Reporter‘s columnist Scott Feinberg’s Twitter page, also today.
Will Smith, who bagged the Best Actor award, then spoke about Washington’s advice to him during his acceptance speech, which Will delivered in tears.
“Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you,’” Will said.
Though, Chris Rock is yet to release an official statement on the matter as of writing. The Los Angeles Police Department said that no charges will be filed against Will as the comedian declined to file a report on the slapping incident.