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Jada: Chris Rock Spoke to Me Right After Slap

He told her he 'meant no harm' immediately after the infamous Oscars moment

(Newser) - Jada Pinkett Smith says Chris Rock apologized to her in the moments after husband Will Smith famously slapped the comedian during the Oscars. As TV viewers were being shown Oscar clips after the slap, Rock leaned over the stage to talk to her, reports NBC News . "Chris looks to...

Source Close to Jada Pinkett Smith Says Chris Rock Is 'Obsessed'

Source says actress 'had no part' in this whole thing

(Newser) - A source close to Jada Pinkett Smith is responding to Chris Rock's controversial Netflix special , in which the comedian addresses the infamous moment at last year's Academy Awards ceremony when Will Smith took to the stage to hit host Rock for his mockery of Smith's wife. Rock...

Richard Williams: 'It's Time for Everyone to Forgive' Will Smith

The same night he slapped Chris Rock, the actor won an Oscar for playing tennis stars' father

(Newser) - Richard Williams, who was played by Will Smith in a film, says he stands by the embattled actor. Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years after slapping host Chris Rock onstage at last year's Academy Awards; the actor apologized the next day. "I think he has...

Chris Rock 'Has a Problem With Black Women'

Chris Rock
'Has a Problem
With Black

Chris Rock 'Has a Problem With Black Women'

Candace McDuffie at the Root is among those weighing in on Rock's slams of Jada Pinkett Smith

(Newser) - Now that Chris Rock has finally let loose about getting slapped at the Oscars last year, the reviews are settling in. Most take note of how Rock not only went after Will Smith in his live-streamed Netflix special, but his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. That hasn't sat well with...

Chris Rock Brings Jada Back Into the Conversation

Comedian weighs in on Oscars slap in new special

(Newser) - Chris Rock didn't devote his whole live-streamed show Saturday night to the infamous Oscars slap , but he spoke about the incident more than he has previously. Both Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith ended up as targets in the Netflix show. Some of the lines, via the AP...

Chris Rock Gets Ready to Discuss 'The Slap'

Comedian will do so in a live Netflix special on Saturday night

(Newser) - Ever since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars last year, Rock has held off on talking about it in front of a wide public audience. That changes in a big way this weekend, when Rock's Saturday night show in Baltimore will be live-streamed on Netflix, per the...

After Slap, Oscars Team 'Prepared for Anything'

Crisis response team has 'run many scenarios,' has plans in place, says Academy CEO Bill Kramer

(Newser) - It was the slap heard round the world —and it's still reverberating. In an effort to avoid another Will Smith-Chris Rock fiasco at the March 12 Oscars, a crisis team will be in place and "prepared for anything," Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion...

Serena Weighs In on Oscars Slap on Dad's Big Night

The controversy overshadowed 'King Richard,' but she suggests it's time to forgive Will Smith

(Newser) - Serena Williams has a stronger connection than most to Will Smith's infamous slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars—she was in the audience that night because Smith played her father in the movie King Richard. In an interview with CBS Mornings on Thursday, the tennis great suggested it'...

Will Smith Gives First Interview on 'Horrific Night' at Oscars

Actor talks about 'the slap' with Trevor Noah: 'I just, I lost it'

(Newser) - Chris Rock hasn't spoken much, other than a few jokes , on "the slap" —the moment at the Oscars ceremony earlier this year when Will Smith attacked the comedian. Smith, however, is now speaking more openly about it, in his first interview about what he describes as a...

Responding to One Controversy, Chris Rock Creates Another

Comedian references Will Smith slap with joke about Nicole Brown Simpson, which didn't go well

(Newser) - Chris Rock won't be back to host the Oscars next year, at least according to his own telling, and yes, it appears to be linked to "the slap." The 57-year-old comedian performed Sunday night at Phoenix's Arizona Financial Theatre, which is where he informed the crowd...

Chris Rock Not Ready to Talk, but He's Slipping in Little Digs

Comedian starting to make references to the infamous slap at his shows

(Newser) - In an apology video released Friday, Will Smith said he was told that Chris Rock still isn't ready to talk to him. But Rock has increasingly been referencing the Oscars slap in jokes. Hours after Smith's video was released, Rock appeared in Atlanta as part of his "...

Will Smith Apologizes to Rock—and Rock's Mother

Actor discusses the Oscars slap in new video

(Newser) - Will Smith is offering his most detailed apology yet over his infamous slap of Chris Rock four months ago at the Oscars. In a newly released video , the actor apologizes not only to Rock, but to Rock's family and to his own, report People and Variety . Some key lines:...

Will Smith Picks Up Another Major Award

BET honors him as best actor for 'King Richard' role

(Newser) - Will Smith has remained among the seldom seen since t he slap incident in March, but his name is still spoken at award ceremonies, most recently at Sunday’s BET Awards. Smith won best actor for his lead role in the sports drama King Richard, which also won best movie,...

Pinkett Smith Finally Shares Her Thoughts on Oscars Slap

Will Smith, Chris Rock, need to 'talk this out and reconcile,' she says

(Newser) - After more than two months, Jada Pinkett Smith has shared her thoughts on her husband slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars . In the Wednesday episode of her Red Table Talk Facebook series, Pinkett Smith didn't apologize for Will Smith's behavior, but said both men need to talk, TMZ...

Chris Rock's Mom Speaks Out on The Slap

Will Smith 'really slapped me,' says Rose Rock

(Newser) - Chris Rock himself says he's still "processing" the slap he received from Will Smith. His brother has been more vocal in speaking out against Smith. And now the comedian's mother is weighing in publicly for the first time. “When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of...

Chris Rock on the Slap: Not Talking 'Until I Get Paid'

'I got my hearing back,' he adds to audience in California

(Newser) - Chris Rock still isn't ready to talk in detail about The Slap in public, but he appears to have made his first joke about it on stage. "I'm OK, I have a whole show and I'm not talking about that until I get paid," Rock...

You Won't See Will Smith at the Oscars for 10 Years

But academy's board does not strip him of his award

(Newser) - This year's Oscar for best actor will remain in the hands of Will Smith. The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its punishment Friday for his infamous slap of Chris Rock , and it does not involve stripping him of his statuette. Instead,...

Chris Rock's Brother: Here's What Should Happen to Will Smith

Kenny Rock wants Smith's Oscar taken away, among other things

(Newser) - As far as Chris Rock's brother is concerned, the Academy Award Will Smith won shortly after slapping Rock onstage at the Oscars should be revoked, and Smith should be banned from attending future ceremonies. "I might have looked at it differently had he initially apologized when he got...

Hollywood Slows Will Smith Projects
Will Smith Projects Slow Down

Will Smith Projects Slow Down

Interest in making a biopic of the actor has faded since the Oscars

(Newser) - The long-term fallout from Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards isn't known yet, but immediate effects are surfacing. Producers have slowed, if not stopped, a couple of his next jobs, per the Hollywood Reporter . One film, Fast and Loose, lost its director before the...

Grammys Host Trevor Noah Makes a Will Smith Joke

Don't worry, he assures audience, names will be kept out of mouths

(Newser) - According to SFGate , it was just seven minutes into Sunday night's Grammy Awards when a Will Smith joke was made. "Don’t even think of it as an award show,” Noah said toward the end of his monologue. “This is a concert where we’re giving...

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