In what may be the most insane moment in the history of the Academy Awards, Will Smith jumped on stage and smacked Chris Rock while the comedian was presenting the nominations for Best Documentary at the 2022 Oscars.
Before presenting the category, Chris joked that Jada Pinkett Smith, who has publicly acknowledged her suffering from alopecia that causes hair loss, might be in the running for “G.I. Jane 2”. His joke referred to the 1997 film, in which Demi Moore played the title role with a buzzcut.
At first, Will is seen laughing at Chris’ joke while his wife rolls her eyes as the camera cuts from Chris onstage to the couple’s reaction.
Will, who was heavily favoured to win Best Actor for a leading role in King Richard, then stormed onto the stage and appeared to slap Chris. He then returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth”, twice.