Yes, Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock on Live TV During the Oscars

Will Smith Punched Chris Rock
One of the weirdest moments in the event's 90+ years just took place... 

During the 2022 telecast of this year's Academy Awards, everyone's phone went crazy with texts, tweets, slacks all saying some version of the same things.

"Wait, what?"

"Was that staged?"

"Did that just happen?"

"Wow."

After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith being bald, Will Smith approached Rock from the crowd and smacked him in the face. It was audible. It was awkward. It was... Oscar history

“Jada, I love you. GI Joe 2, can’t wait to see it,” Rock said. That's when Will Smith walked up and apparently slapped the presenter.

I mean, that's one way to get people to care about the Oscars... 

It seemed pretty real, even though many watching were initially doubtful and thought it was a comedy bit.

Will Smith continued to yell at Rock from the seats once he'd left the stage, silencing the crowd as audience members apparently tried to determine what was going on.

"Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth," Will Smith said.

Jada Pinkett Smith has been struggling with alopecia which has led to her hair loss and the decision to shave her head. It seems Rock stepped in it... so to speak.

The incident was captured via international telecasts in Japan and Australia, where you can see it play out uncensored, and with Rock's attempt to normalize afterward.

Truly a bizarre moment. If it was staged... these guys deserve best acting awards. 

According to Variety, Will Smith’s publicist Meredith O. Sullivan spoke to Smith during the commercial break immediately after.

Rock went on to present the best documentary Oscar to Questlove for Summer of Soul    

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Honestly? Some no-mark American 'comedian' (I had to Google this guy) takes a cheap rip at an unwell woman... did you see her face? So maybe her husband 'shouldn't' have lamped the waster; but frankly this guy got the verbal-violence he meted out right back at him in a form he might understand.

As for Will? - I'm sorry you and your family were embarrassed in this way Mr Smith. You didn't do the right thing, but I like to think I'd have the courage to do the same thing if somebody had a pop at my Mrs like that. - My respects, Sir.

March 28, 2022 at 3:16PM

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Matt Quinn
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Do you seriously not know who Chris Rock is? He's one of the most successful stand-ups of all time. So, we can just walk on stage and attack a performer if we don't like what they're doing and saying now? That's the world you want to live in? We have laws that protect speech here in America. Assault? Not so much.

Jada Smith is a humorless twat and Will Smith is a cuckold and a simp. That slap was just his pathetic insecurity on full display.

March 28, 2022 at 3:42PM

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Ian Mora
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Grow up! Chris Rock is classless and got what he deserved. There's no way in hell he's unaware of what Will Smith has gone through with his family. Classless classless classless. But then again, your comment defending him is also absolutely deplorable.

March 28, 2022 at 5:37PM

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It's called comedy and alopecia does not make you bald. You lose hair in little spots. it's completely treatable. She shaved her head on her own. Christopher Reeve had Alopecia while he was Superman in all of the movies. It is not like cancer. Rock did not know she had it. Just that she shaved her head. It is called Comedy. Your generation needs to stop being offended over everything and start understanding what comedy is. And no Amy Schumer is not a comedian. Not a good one anyway. And she steals jokes from other better female comedians. She literally is only where she is at because of her cousin and she got preferential treatment because of it. Do us a favor and watch a Celebrity Roast to understand what he was doing which is what he was hired to do. Also they do rehearsals the week before and all of the nominated are at the rehearsals so Smith and his wife knew the joke was in there last week as Rock did it in front of them in the rehearsal. Had there been an issue with it they could have asked him to change it last week. Also Rock and Smith are friends and have worked together before. Also 6 months ago Will and Jada were on TV talking about how she had a boyfriend. She is the one that wants an open relationship. He doesn't. Also they have kids that this desire in her has been effecting too. She is not a victim in this.

March 28, 2022 at 7:53PM, Edited March 28, 8:16PM

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Yeah, because assaulting someone because you don't like something they said is super classy! GTFOH you moron.

March 30, 2022 at 6:14PM

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Ian Mora
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"Do you seriously not know who Chris Rock is? He's one of the most successful stand-ups of all time. " - Perhaps in your world he is. Curiously enough, you don't fall off the edge of the world if you keep sailing east past the big metal lady with the ice-cream cone... The fact he's 'big in America' cuts no ice here - he's just another bland Septic with a huge ego.

March 29, 2022 at 3:41AM, Edited March 29, 3:41AM

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Matt Quinn
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Fair enough lol

March 30, 2022 at 6:38PM

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Ian Mora
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You don't want to live in a world where someone is slapped but you want to live in a world where you talk about a woman and man who has never done a thing to you or your family in the manner you just did? Are you serious.

Jada rolled her eyes as this is one of Chris Rock's several jokes including her (he did at the Oscars in 2016, he has done it on social media comments, and all the way back to the 90s he mocked her on his HBO show. After repeatedly seeing someone critique your wife and now mentions her physical appearance (GI Jane was no compliment, he's made fun of Demi Moore before, and he immediately says "a GI Jane joke" to Will, not "Will..it was a compliment) , so with all the history of course Will was upset. How do you end up calling out Jada for that? It's that easy to speak vitriol about who, women, Black women, bald women...what does it for you?
Will should not have hit him , but your words are violent so I'm surprised you condemn it. Verbal violence is absolutely a thing (google while on this here internet, you know?) .

March 31, 2022 at 11:26AM

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Mo Brady
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There are laws that protect speech. There are no laws that protect assault. For good reason.

March 31, 2022 at 6:35PM

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Ian Mora
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You have no idea who Chris Rock is? He had his own successful TV show "Everybody Hates Chris" and was in Lethal Weapon 4 as one of the main characters. He is also one of the larger comics back in the day that sold out big shows. Was a SNL Cast member in the 90's and was the star of the TV show Fargo.

March 28, 2022 at 7:50PM, Edited March 28, 8:01PM

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'He had his own successful TV show "Everybody Hates Chris"' - I wonder why? ...You do realise that most of the world isn't American, don't you?

March 29, 2022 at 3:43AM

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Matt Quinn
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Chris Rock absolutely deserved it. Anyone who defends his unnecessary shaming of Will Smith's wife... Just have no clue what's going through your head. This is on live TV with millions of viewers and it is not a classless comedy club where Chris Rock can belt his insecurities to drunks.

March 28, 2022 at 5:34PM

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Comedians refrain to make any jokes on wife’s of someone in the public. Will Smith says you are right to punch the face of the comedian, and wife’s remain seated and shut up.This is a message for the general public in all channels worldwide all ages.

March 29, 2022 at 1:41AM, Edited March 29, 1:55AM

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Javier Diez
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Again, you do not understand the concept of comedy. Which means Amy Schumer hosing this snooze fest must be your brand of comedy because she talks about that time of the month a lot

March 29, 2022 at 8:46AM

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I'm a fan of Will Smith but last night he was only pure uncontrollable emotion zero reason.That's a way of losing a lot of respect. And a very bad example to millions, including minors. And he's a mature man with a family. Come on, punching the host of the awards, a comedian, for this silly joke? What a shame!

March 29, 2022 at 2:36PM, Edited March 29, 2:37PM

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Javier Diez
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and I agree with you. Smith should have handled it differently. Also he and his wife were at the rehearsals last week. The joke was told at the rehearsals. If he or she had a problem, they could have said it there

March 29, 2022 at 4:21PM

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They didn't see him rehearse this as multiple sources have said that Chris Rock adlibbed this. Jada Pinkett Smith was not a nominee or a presenter. Comedians don't make fun of the physical appearance or even joke period, about the technical- dates/plus ones of one of the nominees.
You seem to know a lot of comedy so please inform me of a time the wife of a nominee received a joke about appearance in front of their husband at an award show. I'm open to being wrong.
This was cheap punch down comedy. The show had 3 hosts and Chris Rock wasn't one of them. His job was to read the teleprompter and maybe ad lib about Oscar nominees. Aside from making a wasted, dated joke at his former costar's expense , he also reduced the winner of Summer of Soul to "Questlove and 4 white guys" despite one of the guys being Asian, and despite it being the award show thing to do to give them their respect and name them. And that moment had nothing to do with Will ( or his obsession with Jada Pinkett jokes..for YEARS), because the night before the Oscars he called the creators of "Summer of Soul" , 'Questlove and 4 white guys'

Chris Rock was never a shock comedian, so this turn to be disrespectful is weird. Not slap worthy, but c'mon.

March 31, 2022 at 11:35AM

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Mo Brady
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