WILL Smith stormed the Oscar stage and appeared to punch presenter Chris Rock, after the comedian made a poorly-received joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.
The former SNL comedian was there to present an Oscar for Best Documentary when he appeared to go off script.
Will Smith, right, allegedly hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary featureCredit: AP:Associated Press
Will storms the stageCredit: Getty Images
“Jada, I love you, G. I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Chris tried to joke.
Demi Moore famously shaved her head for her role in the 1997 movie.
Jada, on the contrary, has been struggling with hair loss for years, and last year decided to shave it all off.
Her husband, Will, took personal offense with the failed joke and actually stormed the stage and smacked the presenter.
The audio and video feed were then cut for several seconds, presumably as a war of expletives was being hurled back and forth.
When the video restarted, Will did not look pleased, as he yelled at the comedian: “Leave my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”
Chris’s joke was apparently an ad-lib.
“Someone who works for the Oscars told me that Chris Rock was not interrupted by Will Smith at rehearsals yesterday. It was not supposed to happen,” a source revealed. “It was real.”
During the commercial break, Will reportedly was pulled aside and comforted by Sean Combs and Tyler Perry.
Will seemed to wipe tears from his eyes, as his fellow actors motioned for him to brush it off.
Minutes later, Will was back on-stage, in tears, accepting the best actor award for King Richard.
He opened his acceptance speech with a tense voice, explaining: “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family.”
The actor fought back tears throughout his speech, which, while dedicated to Venus and Serena’s father, suddenly seemed to take on a different meaning.
“I want to apologize to the academy, he said toward the end of his speech. “I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees.”
“Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father, just like what they said about Richard Williams.
“But love will make you do crazy things.”
Last year, Jada shaved her head, explaining on Instagram: “”Willow made me do it because it was time to let go.”
In 2018, Willow’s mom opened up about her “issues with hair loss” during an episode of Red Table Talk, explaining, “It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, am I going bald?’
“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That’s why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it,” she added.
After meeting with a number of experts, the actress could not get an explanation as to what was happening.
“I’ve gotten every kind of test there is to have,” she explained. “They don’t know why.”
Sean Combs and Tyler Perry comfort Will SmithCredit: AP
Will gets supportCredit: Rex
Will and Jada sit during the awards ceremonyCredit: AP
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