Jada Pinkett Smith has said it’s time for “healing” after her husband Will Smith publicly apologized to Chris Rock for beating the comedian at the Oscars.
The 50-year-old actress shared a quote on Instagram as she broke her silence after Smith’s altercation on stage Sunday night.
It read, “This is a time of healing and that’s why I’m here.”
It comes after her husband called his behavior at the 94th Academy Awards “unacceptable and inexcusable” and said he was embarrassed by his actions.
Smith said in a statement that Rock’s joke about his wife’s health condition caused him to react “emotionally,” but “violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive.”
He concluded his apology by saying, “I’m a work in progress.”
The 53-year-old Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star was condemned by the academy as it launched a formal review of his altercation with Rock during the ceremony.
The annual awards show descended into chaos when Smith took the stage and slapped Rock in front of the star-studded audience after the comic made a joke about his wife and her hair loss.
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Referring to Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, Rock said, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” which caused the actress to roll her eyes.
The Magic Mike XXL star and Red Table Talk host has previously opened up about her struggles with alopecia, saying it has prompted her to shave her head.
Smith took to the stage and slapped Rock before returning to his seat and shouting twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Later, when he received the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock, and joked that he “looked like the crazy dad.”
Black people have a defiant laugh when it comes to dealing with pain because there has been so much of it. I don’t feel the need to explain that to you. But I also don’t mind being transparent and saying that this was a very painful moment for me. On many levels. https://t.co/zzgeKIqrHm
— Will Packer (@willpowerpacker) March 28, 2022
Oscars showrunner Will Packer later described the altercation as “a very painful moment for me.”
The incident caused shock and later criticism from figures from around the world of Hollywood and comedy.
During his Late Late Show on CBS, James Corden used a skit to quip that Smith “can’t take a joke.”
The Carpool Karaoke host told viewers: “Seriously, I applaud Chris Rock for recovering and keeping the show going. It was an incredibly dignified response.
“Let me say this: Will Smith can’t take a joke, Chris Rock can take a punch. A steel jaw. Incredible.”
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said no report was filed after the incident.
Rock has not yet commented on the incident.
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