Jada Pinkett Smith Also Thought the Slap Was a Skit

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Similar to when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, “The Slap” is the awards-show mishap that won’t leave the news. If you somehow need a reminder: Last year, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s appearance. Believe it or not, it’s been over 18 months since the event. Now, in a new People interview, Pinkett Smith says she’s still trying to “figure this out.”

“I thought, ‘This is a skit,’” she recalled to People. “I was like, ‘There’s no way that Will hit him. It wasn’t until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn’t a skit.” Pinkett Smith added that the first thing she asked him was, “Are you okay?”

Apparently, Pinkett Smith comments on the incident further in her brand-new memoir, Worthy, which is out on October 17. In advance of Worthy‘s debut, the actress also addressed the event during a sit-down interview with Hoda Kotb for TODAY. According to Pinkett Smith, she and her husband have lived apart since 2016. “It wasn’t a divorce on paper, but it was divorce?” Kotb asks, with Pinkett Smith confirming, “Yes.”

By now, Will Smith appears to have apologized and moved on. In December 2022, he released the period drama, Emancipation, and is now reportedly working on a fourth Bad Boys film with Martin Lawrence. Chris Rock, on the other hand, is set to direct a new project based on Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, Pinkett Smith is “going to be by his side,” she says of her husband, “but also allow him to have to figure this out for himself.”

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Josh Rosenberg is an Assistant Editor at Esquire, keeping a steady diet of one movie a day. His past work can be found at Spin, CBR, and on his personal blog at Roseandblog.com.

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