Jada Pinkett Smith finally addressed the infamous moment that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the stage of the 2022 Oscars, during a prelude to “Red Table Talk,” Wednesday.
Pinkett Smith has remained silent about the incident for two months and doesn’t appear to be taking sides now. She indicated that she did not condone her husband’s behavior, and she’s hoping for healing and reconciliation.
The episode of “Red Table Talk” began with Pinkett Smith discussing Alopecia, the condition which causes her hair loss. Rock made a joke about her smooth head at the Oscars, which incited Will’s rage and resulted in the very public slap. Pinkett Smith briefly mentioned the disease, then transitioned into the explanation that audiences have been waiting for.
“Now about Oscar night,” Pinkett Smith said in the introduction to Wednesday’s episode, “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,” she continued.
Pinkett Smith had previously stated that she and Will are in the process of “deep healing,” and they are continuing in that direction.
“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.”