In a new interview, Jada Pinkett Smith reveals the private conversation she had with Chris Rock immediately following Will Smith’s infamous slap at the Oscars. The 52-year-old actress, known for her roles in Girls Trip and The Matrix franchise, details how the comedian rushed to privately apologize.
“Chris rapidly rushed over to me at the end of the stage,” Jada recalls. “In a hurried tone, he stated ‘I didn’t mean you any harm.’” Still in disbelief over what transpired, Jada dismissed his words, telling him “This is some old drama, I can’t discuss this now.”
This unveils a pivotal moment between the two stars that was kept hidden — until now. Jada provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at what really occurred in those tense moments after the physical altercation. Her candid comments give insight into Chris’ state of mind post-assault.
Throughout the explosive interview, Jada stays composed, avoiding making harsh judgments about how individuals express art and comedy. But she admits Chris’ joke wounded her, as alopecia causes hair loss — a sensitive issue. “Chris has hurt my feelings plenty in the past,” Jada states matter-of-factly.
This exclusive tell-all offers closure to fans still debating “Slappinggate.” With high-profile stars like Will, Chris and Jada, the Oscars slap remains an ongoing trending topic. Now audiences have context into the private exchange that transpired right after witnessed worldwide. Jada’s interview brings the dramatic story full-circle with her unique perspective on Hollywood’s biggest 2022 controversy.