Will Smith was irritated by Chris Rock’s remark about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
When Rock, who was a presenter at the Academy Awards on Sunday, made a joke about Pinkett Smith, the King Richard star expressed his displeasure.
“Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,”; Rock said, something that made Jada roll her eyes at the joke. Moments later, when Rock remarked that that was “a wonderful [joke]” in response to an uneasy reaction from the audience, he noticed Smith walking onto the stage.
Smith responded with an open-handed slap to the cheek of Rock, who was chuckling. As Smith stepped offstage, he immediately exclaimed, “Oh, wow.”
After Rock said Smith’s name in response, the sound on the Oscars broadcast abruptly cut out. Though there was no sound, you could definitely read what Smith shouted at Rock as the camera moved back to the Oscar nominee, back in his seat.
“Leave my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth,” Smith can be seen yelling back at the comedian.
Rock continued by saying, “That was the greatest night in the history of television,” which was captured through ABC’s telecast.
Later that evening, Smith ascended the stage to accept the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard, and he was extremely upset as he did so. Though he did not apologize to Rock directly, Smith did apologize to the Academy.
“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” he said during a moment in his emotional speech, adding that “love makes you do crazy things.”
At the end of his speech, Smith did add a dose of humor. “I’m hoping that the Academy invites me back,” he said through tears as he let out a chuckle.