Last night, actor Will Smith violently attacked comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
In 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith was diagnosed with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Rock made a joke about her starring in the next ‘G.I Jane’ movie, which starred a woman who joined the military and shaved her head to serve.
Will Smith initially appeared to laugh at the joke, as well as a preceding joke about his wife’s infidelity in their marriage. Then, he approached Chris Rock on stage and slapped him across the face.
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There was a long moment of silence after Smith slapped Chris Rock. Chris Rock attempted to break the silence by joking about how the slap would be one of the ‘greatest moments’ in Oscars history.
During the commercial break, actors Bradley Cooper and Denzel Washington were seen consoling Will Smith, who accepted an award shortly after and made a number of apologies, though none mentioned Chris Rock by name.
Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper were seen comforting Will Smith at the 2022 Oscars after the “King Richard” star slapped Chris Rock over a joke he made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being bald.
The Hollywood Reporter’s columnist Scott Feinberg captured the moment when Washington approached Smith during a commercial break and shared it on Twitter Sunday night.
He captioned the clip, “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.”
Feinberg added, “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.”
Smith confirmed during his Best Actor speech that Washington told him, “At your highest moment, be careful — that’s when the devil comes for you.”