Will Smith hits Chris Rock at Oscars
after joke about his wife
Will Smith struck comedian Chris Rock during a jaw-dropping onstage exchange after the comedian made a joke about the “King Richard” star’s wife at the Oscars.
“Jada, I love ya. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” Rock said while presenting an award during Sunday’s Oscars ceremony from Los Angeles. The reference was about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who sports a bald head like the character in Demi Moore’s 1997 film, “G.I. Jane.”
Smith then ascended the stairs to the Oscars stage and approached Rock, as the audience applauded. But then, the 53-old actor took a swing at the seemingly stunned Rock before returning to his seat.
The audio feed for the awards ceremony cut out in the U.S. broadcast, as Smith exchanged words with Rock from his chair.
Smith could then be heard yelling at Rock: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!”
“That was uh…greatest night in the history of television,” Rock, 57, said, before not making any further reference on-air to the incident.
Smith was later seen grinning and clapping during the awards show.
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