While on stage, Chris jokes about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, saying, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it, all right? That was a nice one, OK?”
Upon hearing it, Will walked toward the stage and slapped Chris before returning to his seat in the audience. He also shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!”
Will won the Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard. During his speech, the actor apologized while breaking down. He said, “I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me.”
He added, “In this business you gotta have people disrespecting you and you gotta pretend that that’s OK. Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.'”
The incident went viral and now celebs are weighing in on the matter. Many were shocked some showed their support for Will while others defended Chris.
Meanwhile, Maria Shiver also took to Twitter to express,”We should never get to a place where we sit and watch a movie star hit someone on global television then, moments later, get a standing ovation while talking about love. #WillSmith #Oscars”
“Violence isn’t ok. Assault is never the answer. Also? This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather,” Sofia Bush tweeted.
Trevor Noah seemed shocked at what happened when posting, “Wtaf????? That wasn’t scripted?????”
Cardi B was one with Denzel in quoting, “At your highest moment …be careful that’s when the devil tries to come for you.”
Margaret Joseph shared her disappointment, saying, “Wow so disappointed in Will Smiths behavior tonight. @chrisrock is a class act he handled himself with true professionalism . Amazing the way he kept it moving#Oscar.”