Will Smith kind of apologized in his best actor Oscars acceptance speech to Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards.
Smith apparently took offence to a joke made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and proceeded to calmly walk up to him and slap him across the face. Smith then sat down and yelled from his seat: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth.”
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Rock tried to explain after acknowledging to the crowd that “Will Smith just slapped the sh*t out of me,” that it was a GI Jane joke.
Rock previously joked about Pinkett Smith at the 2016 Oscars with Smith responding then with the same comment.
“That was the greatest night in the history of television,” Rock said moments later while presenting the best documentary award.
Smith later won his first Oscar, best actor, for playing Serena Venus Williams’ father in King Richard. He then said in his acceptance speech. “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people.”
The awkward exchange will likely have given Rock some new material for his upcoming comedy tour in the summer.
Fans are waiting for the post-Oscars response from Rock, one of the greatest comedians to ever do it.