Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence on Chris Rock Oscars slap as OJ Simpson weighs Will Smith was ‘wrong’

Jada Pinkett Smith promoted the healing in an Instagram post, her first public comment since her husband punched comedian Chris Rock at this year’s Academy Awards.

The ailing Smith unexpectedly stepped onto the stage at the Oscars on Sunday and slapped Rock in response to a joke about his wife’s baldness. Pinkett Smith, an actor and talk show host, has a condition that causes hair loss.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Pinkett Smith said, “This is a season of healing. And that’s what I’m here for.”

She didn’t specifically mention Rock’s joke or the slapping incident.

On Monday, Will Smith apologized to Rock, the film academy, the show’s producers and viewers, saying his behavior was unacceptable and that he had “emotionally reacted” to a joke about his wife’s health.

Rock was referring to the 1997 film GI Jane, in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head. It was unclear if Rock knew Pinkett Smith had a condition that causes hair loss.


Will Smith meets Chris Rock on stage. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Less than an hour after Rock was attacked, Smith won best actor for his portrayal of the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.

The 9,900-member Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Monday condemned Smith’s actions and said they would review the episode.

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If the group determines that Smith has violated their standards of conduct, members may expel the actor from the organization, revoke his Oscar, or make him ineligible for future awards.

The Academy must follow a process outlined in its Code of Conduct. The investigation is expected to take a few weeks, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Rock has not publicly commented on the incident.

The 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony was watched by an average of 16.6 million US viewers on Walt Disney Co’s ABC, according to updated ratings figures released Tuesday. That was a 58 percent increase from the historically small audience in 2021. But it was still the second-lowest viewership on record, part of an overall decline in viewership at live awards shows.

The most-watched moment of the night came when Troy Kotsur made history as the first deaf man to win the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in CODA. According to Nielsen numbers, the viewership at the time was almost 17.7 million viewers.

About 17.3 million watched as Smith attacked Rock. Audiences then fell to 16.8 million but rose to 17.4 million as Smith delivered a tearful speech as he accepted the Best Actor trophy.

Ticket sales for Rock’s stand-up comedy shows have reportedly increased “dramatically” following the Oscar dispute with Will Smith, which the comedian has yet to publicly comment on.

According to US ticket seller StubHub, sales have increased more than 25-fold in the 48 hours since the incident.

Oscars host Amy Schumer said she was “still triggered and traumatized” as she praised Rock for handling it “like a pro.”

In a post on Instagram, Schumer, who hosted the ceremony alongside Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, wrote: “I think we can all agree that the best way to wrap up what happened is to stream my series @lifeandbethhulu and follow this to see autumn on tour.

“But really. Still triggered and traumatized. I love my friend @chrisrock and think he handled it like a pro.

“Stayed up there and gave his friend @questlove an Oscar and the whole thing was so disturbing. So much pain in @willsmith anyway, I’m still shocked and stunned and sad. I’m proud of myself and my cohosts. But yes. I’m waiting for that nauseous feeling to go away from what we’ve all seen.”

OJ Simpson has said Will Smith was “wrong” to smack Chris Rock over the comedian’s “semi-unfunny” joke at the Oscars.

The former NFL player said he “understood the feeling” of being taunted by comedians, adding that he’s occasionally “wanted to hit a few of these guys.”

In a video posted online, Simpson opened up about the incident, saying: “It was unfortunate, I think Will was wrong.

“I got the feeling, I’ve been through a lot of crap in my life,” he said.

“When I was raising two young kids, every comedian in the country had an OJ routine and I don’t think I wouldn’t want to smack a few of these guys.”

He continued: “But you have to accept that this is human. I didn’t even find it that outrageous…it was a half-funny joke.”

Simpson added that if he had done something similar in front of “a billion people watching around the world,” he would have been sentenced to life in prison.

Simpson was acquitted of the 1995 murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her boyfriend, Ron Goldman. He was later held responsible for both deaths in a civil lawsuit and ordered to pay compensation to their families.

He was represented at the trial by Robert Kardashian, reality star Kim Kardashian’s father.

He was later jailed after an armed robbery in Las Vegas in 2007 and served a lengthy sentence before being released in 2017.

Zoë Kravitz has also commented on the altercation between Smith and Rock.

The Kimi actress shared a picture of her Oscars outfit with the caption, “Here’s a picture of my dress on the show where we seem to be attacking people on stage now.”

In a second post, Kravitz wrote, “And here’s a picture of my dress at the post awards party where we seem to be yelling obscenities and attacking people on stage now.”

Other celebrities who have condemned Smith for his actions include Jim Carrey, Joe Rogan, and Adam Sandler.

In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Carrey expressed his disapproval of how the situation was being handled.

“I was disgusted by the standing ovation. Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like that was a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore,” Carrey said.

CBS host Gayle King went on to speculate, “If anyone else left the audience and did that, they would have been escorted by security or maybe even arrested.”

Carrey added: “He should have been.”

Podcaster and stand-up comedian Joe Rogan also called Smith about slapping Rock.

“Chris Rock did his damn job,” he said on Tuesday’s episode of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

“You don’t get the front row seat, you’re a star at the Oscars, [and] There’s a professional comedian whose job it is to roast people. He does, and what he did wasn’t even offensive. It was a mild joke,” Rogan continued. “[Smith] was emotionally fragile and he acted on impulse in a surprisingly stupid way.

“It sets a terrible precedent in so many different ways,” he added. “It’s a terrible precedent for comedy clubs. Are people now going to decide to go on stage and smack a comedian?”

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