Ahead of premiering Wednesday’s Red Table Talk discussion on alopecia, Jada Pinkett Smith briefly addressed the Oscars incident between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock.
“This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia. Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories. I’m using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and to inform people about what alopecia actually is,” Pinkett Smith said at the top of the Facebook Watch show.
“Now, about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile,” she added. “The state of the world today, we need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening.”
While presenting the Oscar for best documentary feature at the 2022 Academy Awards, Rock addressed Pinkett Smith in the crowd, joking that he was looking forward to her upcoming sequel to G.I. Jane — a reference to the actress’ shaved head. Following Rock’s comment, Smith walked up onstage and slapped Rock.
Smith, who won the best actor Oscar for King Richard later that evening, announced the following week that he was resigning from the Academy amid a pending investigation of his actions during the ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences eventually ruled that Smith would be banned from returning to the Oscars or attending any other Academy events for the next 10 years.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Lexy Perez