CHRIS Rock’s joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith was at the center of an on-air brawl at the Oscars 2022.
Smith appeared to slap Rock after he made a joke about his wife’s hair loss condition.
Chris Rock was smacked live on air after he made a joke about Will Smith’s wifeCredit: AFP
What did Chris Rock say about Jada Pinkett Smith?
Rock, who was hosting the Academy Awards in 2022, made fun of Pinkett Smith’s alopecia – a medical condition which leaves sufferers without hair.
Quipping about Pinkett Smith’s lack of hair, Rock said: “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you.”
Did Will Smith punch Chris Rock?
Moments after the joke, Smith walked on stage and appeared to hit Rock in the face.
While the sound quickly cut off for US viewers, those in Australia and Japan could hear Smith tell Rock twice: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth”.
Rock was captured laughing after being hit and saying: “Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me”.
LA Times writer Amy Kaufman explained what happened in a Twitter post.
“Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith being in G.I. Jane because of her bald head,” she explained.
“She’s spoken openly about having a hair loss condition. Will Smith ran on stage, slapped Rock, then screamed twice at the top of his lungs ‘KEEP MY WIFE’S NAME OUT OF YOUR F-NG MOUTH’.”
What did Chris Rock say about Jada Pinkett Smith in 2016?
Rock made a jibe about Pinkett Smith when he hosted the Oscar ceremony in 2016.
Pinkett Smith posted a video in which she said she was boycotting the Oscars due to its lack of diversity that year.
Poking fun at her statement, Rock quipped: “Jada said she’s not coming. I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
He also took a stab at Smith, who had missed out on a nomination for his role in Concussion.
“It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. You’re right,” he said.
“It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West!”