It was the slap heard all around the world and while we slept here in Australia, there has been a hell of a lot happening over in the States, including more stars reacting to what happened at the Oscars.
If you missed it, and at this point you’d literally need to be living under a rock, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after Rock made comments about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith on Tuesday apologised to Rock, after it was revealed that the Academy had launched a review into the incident.
During a 2018 Red Table Talk episode, Pinkett Smith revealed her condition. However, according to TMZ, Rock didn’t know that she had alopecia, which causes hair loss and is the reason why she is bald.
There are currently conflicting reports about whether Rock and Smith have made up, with rapper P Diddy claiming the two have buried the hatchet.
And if you’re still wondering: Did Chris Rock go off-script. Apparently, he did.
A source has confirmed to Variety that Rock deviated from his planned remarks when he made the joke about Pinkett Smith, which caused Smith to go up onto the stage.
“Chris Rock came on and he was doing, I think, material based on what happened that night as any comedian will do,” one of the producers told the outlet.
“He made the [‘G.I. Jane’] joke. Obviously, you could see the joke did not land with Jada. And then you see Will start to get up and walk up.”
Celebrity reactions: Team Will
Comedian Tiffany Haddish has defended Smith telling reporters at the Vanity Fair after party that she appreciated him sticking up for his wife.
“As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say like, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you. And that meant the world to me,” she said.
The couple’s son Jaden also appeared to back his father in a since-deleted tweet.
He wrote, “And That’s How We Do It.”
The 23-year-old later shared a selfie and said his dad’s acceptance speech for his first Oscar for Best Actor reduced him to tears.
In the second deleted post, he wrote: “My Dads Speech Made Me Cry.”
Hip-hop legend 50 Cent shared a meme of the moment Smith struck Rock with “Everybody Hates Chris” across it, the name of the sitcom the 57-year-old stand-up narrated.
The Candy Shop rapper joked in the caption: “B**** don’t you ever play with me. LOL.”
In a since-deleted Instagram story, Serena Williams said “I just sat down ’cause I was like, ‘I gotta put that drink down,’” the tennis star — whose father, Richard Williams, was depicted by Smith in King Richard.
Nicki Minaj tweeted her support for Smith.
“I love Chris Rock. I don’t think he would’ve made that joke had he known what Jada recently shared – but between him & the whole team @ the #Oscars you mean to tell me not ONE of y’all heard this woman just share this heartbreaking story? #ComeOnSon,” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “
“You just got to witness in real time what happens in a man’s soul when he looks over to the woman he loves & sees her holding back tears from a “little joke” at her expense. This is what any & every real man feels in that instant. while y’all seeing the joke he’s seeing her pain.”
Celebrity reactions: Team Chris
By contrast, director Judd Apatow hailed the attack “pure out of control rage and violence” and said Smith “could have killed” Rock.
In a since-deleted post, he wrote: “He could have killed him. That’s pure out of control rage and violence. They’ve heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not freshman in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind.
“Seems like Will Smith’s plan to get comedian and the world to not make jokes about him is not going to pan out. The Williams family must be furious. Pure narcissism.”
Australia comedian Jim Jefferies firmly took Rock’s side in the jaw-dropping stoush.
“It’s not on. You can’t just hit someone in the face at work, and not be dragged out of the bloody room and still get to have an award straight afterwards,” he told the Kyle and Jackie O on Tuesday.
He also addressed Smith’s speech, in which the tearful star spoke of defending his family from “disrespect” and said sorry to the Academy for his earlier behaviour.
“The apology just sucked. He apologised to the Academy, he apologised to his fellow actors – they didn’t get bloody hit in the face, apologise to Chris!”
Shock jock, Howard Stern compared Smith to Donald Trump.
“Where is security? Not one person came out, because he’s Will Smith. This is how Trump gets away with sh*t,” he said on his radio show.
“Poor Chris Rock is a comedian and just trying to get through the day to make the f—ing people laugh at that horrible ceremony,” Stern said.
“(Rock is) so fast comedy wise, he actually covered and made a joke and said, ‘Gee, best Oscars yet.’”
According to Page Six, one of the three hosts, Wanda Sykes, comforted Rock at an after-party hosted at music manager Guy Oseary’s house
“Chris was very calm, there was a lot of love for him at that party,” a guest told Page Six.
“Wanda Sykes was his wingman for the night. He was sitting at Guy’s dining table, and people lined up to console him and offer support.”
The publication also reports Rock spent time with Sacha Baron Cohen and Woody Harrelson “told him that what happened was completely wrong.”
Rock has reportedly declined to press charges.