Video evidence shows Jada laughing after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.
“Oh, wow. Wow. Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me,” Chris responded, which was met with laughter from the audience. But Will proceeded to stun viewers into silence as he returned to his seat and yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.” The event’s telecast did not show Jada’s initial reaction to the slap or any interaction between her and Will beforehand. But now, a new video from that moment has surfaced online, in which Jada appears to laugh after Will slaps Chris Rock.
The now-viral TikTok clip, which was shared by actor and comedian Michael Rapaport, is captioned: “Here is an angle most people have not seen! Look at Jada’s reaction.” In the video, filmed by someone sitting behind the couple, Jada leans forward in a motion that suggests she’s laughing after Will walks away from Chris, who can be seen and heard joking about the slap. But as Will proceeds to yell at Chris, Jada appears to be just as confused as the rest of the audience, sitting still as she looks directly at the stage.
“She laughed after Chris got slapped… it’s funny now all of a sudden,” reads one of the top comments, which has over 4,000 likes. “She laughed??!?” reads another with over 3,000 likes.
While the point of view doesn’t show the faces of the two, Pinkett Smith can be seen eyeing Chris Rock down as her husband walks back to their table. She is then seen throwing back her head in laughter as she reacts to Rock’s reaction, “Wow. Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me.”
According to TMZ, Will Smith was never asked to leave the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock. He was actually told by the show’s producers that he could stay for the rest of the event. The Academy said Wednesday (March 29) that they asked Smith to leave but he refused. Sources told TMZ that there was a heated conversation between his reps and Academy officials backstage and that the decision for him to leave was mixed. Ultimately, they never reached a decision on giving him the boot.
TMZ was told that during one of the commercial breaks, Oscars producer Will Packer told Smith, “We do not want you to leave.” Packer approached Smith a little over thirty minutes after the slap and told Smith that he could stay. The King Richard actor would win the Best Actor Award around five minutes later.