Jada Pinkett-Smith has opened up about the infamous incident between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars, saying she hopes the two men can reconcile in the future.
Smith made headlines around the planet when he took offence to comments made by Rock at the Academy Awards.
After Rock alluded to Pinkett-Smith's alopecia, Smith walked on stage and viciously slapped the comedian before walking back and sending further warnings from his seat in the front row.
That night, Smith would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard.
He was subsequently given a 10-year ceremony ban by the Academy, and he sent an open letter out afterwards which read:
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.”
He added: “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”
Will Smith and Rock talk it out?
Even though Jada was the butt of the joke from Rock, she hopes that he and her husband can talk out their differences.
“About Oscar night,” she told Red Table Talk.
“My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile. The state of the world today, we need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever.”
She concluded: “Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening.”