Chris Rock got more than he may have bargained for as a presenter at the 94th 2022 Oscars.
While presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature, which ultimately went to Questlove’sSummer of Soul, he made a joke at the expense of Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, whose head was shaved. “GI Joe 2, can’t wait to see it,” he said with reference to her appearance.
While Will Smith appeared to be laughing in the aftermath of the comment, he then stunned the audience at the Dolby by storming the stage and slapping Rock in the face. Smith’s comments were censored when he returned to his seat, but it was apparent that he told Rock multiple times, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***king mouth.”
VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 28, 2022
However during the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by several other actors to brush it off.
Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada.
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