Will Smith stormed the stage and smacked Chris Rock in the face on stage at the Oscars on Sunday night, after the comedian made a joke at the actor’s wife’s expense.
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The kick-off began when comedian Chris joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, quipping: “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.”
Will – who went on to win Best Actor later in the evening – walked up to the stage and slapped the presenter, before returning to his seat and yelling: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.”
Will Smith just punched Chris Rock and told him “keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth” pic.twitter.com/1f1ytdbMRv— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) March 28, 2022
The comedian’s joke was a reference to the 1997 movie G.I Jane – which starred Demi Moore sporting a buzzcut similar to Jada’s.
Jada has previously spoken out about her decision to shave her head, after suffering from alopecia.
Chris appeared shocked by the incident, as he tried to resume presenting the best documentary feature category.
He said: “That was the greatest night in the history of television.”
Chris has previously joked about Jada in the past when hosting the Oscars in 2016, saying: “Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties—I wasn’t invited!”
He added: “It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West!”
“What just happened? Was that real? Did will Smith really swing a punch at Chris rock?? #oscars,” one fan mused after the shocking incident on Sunday night.
Another added: “No way I just witnessed Will Smith have Chris Rock shook of his life right now……”
After Chris left the stage, rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs appeared and quipped: “Will and Chris, we’re going to solve this like family. Right now we’re moving on with love. Everybody make some noise.”