Wait, did Will Smith hit Chris Rock?
Ok, was that scripted? Was that real? Did Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars? Yes. He did.
An altercation seemingly took place on stage tonight at the 2022 Oscars just before Chris Rock presented the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Rock attempted to make a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, who recently revealed she’s suffering from alopecia. Rock joked that he was excited to see G.I. Jane II saying, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane II, can’t wait to see it.” It was obvious Jada didn’t find the joke funny and Will quickly took the stage.
In uncensored footage from the award shows Japanese airing, which quickly hit social media, Will clearly walks on stage and forcefully smacks Rock. The two then exchanged words with Rock explaining that it was a “G.I. Jane joke.” Will repeatedly yelled, “keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth,” before Rock attempted to regain composure. “Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me,” Rock said before continuing with the award announcement.
You can watch the unbelievable moment Will Smith hit Chris Rock below.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 28, 2022
On a lighter note, congratulations to Summer of Soul!
Update: Will won Best Actor for his performance in King Richard, marking the first Oscar win in the three-decade career of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. During his acceptance speech, Will apologized saying, “I want to apologize to the Academy and to all my fellow nominees … love makes you crazy things.” He concluded by adding, “I hope the Academy invites me back”
Will Smith’s Oscars Acceptance Speech
“I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” Will Smith says in intense and lengthy remarks that occurred after he hit Chris Rock on the #Oscars stage.https://t.co/1H1Y9jC9bl#oscars pic.twitter.com/IlpBjx8lgD
— ABC News (@ABC) March 28, 2022
Sean Combs took the stage later in the night and addressed the incident saying, “Will and Chris, we’re gonna solve that like family at the Gold Party.”