Chris Rock Reportedly Won’t Press Charges Against Will Smith After Oscars Slap
The 2022 Academy Awards were held last night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. Will Smith took home the award for Best Actor. It was his first Oscar win. It should be a huge celebration. The news should be that he won an Oscar. Instead, everyone’s talking about the moment when he couldn’t control his temper.
In case you missed it, here’s a brief recap of what happened. Chris Rock was on stage, and he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Then Smith got up, walked on stage and smacked Rock in the face before returning to his seat and yelling at Rock not to talk about his wife. ABC censored the verbal exchange due to the use of profanity, and some television viewers initially wondered if the smack was staged. It wasn’t.
Later, during a commercial break, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg noticed Smith talking to Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry. The reporter was sitting too far away to be able to hear what they were saying, but he shared a video of the exchange.
During the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off. Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side. pic.twitter.com/uDGVnWrSS2
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) March 28, 2022
We later learn a little bit of what Washington must have said to Smith during that brief conversation. During his Best Actor acceptance speech, Smith said that Washington recently told him, “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.”
During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy, but he did not apologize to Rock. However, according to Page Six, at the Vanity Fair Awards party, Sean “Diddy” Combs confirmed that Rock and Smith had reconciled. He did not share details.
Watch the video below to hear more about this incident and what the Los Angeles Police Department had to say about it.
Do you think Rock should press charges against Smith? Do you think the two really reconciled after the show? Why do you think Smith didn’t apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech?