Jada Pinkett Smith has finally addressed the slap that stopped the world, saying she hopes her husband Will Smith and his victim Chris Rock will reconcile.
It has been just over two months since Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped the Oscars host across the face after Rock cracked a joke about Pinkett Smith’s hair.
Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia, appeared at the awards show with a shaved head and rolled her eyes when Rock joked she would star in GI Jane II.
In an episode of her online chat show Red Table Talk, dedicated to telling the stories of those with alopecia, Pinkett Smith said: “Now about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile”.
“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.”
Will Smith has maintained his public silence since the incident, apart from posting a statement on Instagram in the days after the incident.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris.”
“I was out of line and I was wrong,” he said in the statement. “I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.”
Following the incident, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts Sciences, giving up his ability to vote for Oscar nominees. In turn the Academy banned him from events put on by the group, including the Academy Awards, until 2032, though he can still be nominated.
He did not have to hand back his best actor Oscar for his role in King Richard, for which he received a standing ovation at this year’s awards show minutes after assaulting Rock.