Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Pinkett Smith spoke directly to the camera ahead of Wednesday’s episode of Red Table Talk, which focused on alopecia.
“This is a really important ‘Red Table Talk’ on alopecia. Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories. I’m taking this moment to give our alopecia family the opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and educate people about what alopecia actually is,” she said at the start of the Facebook Watch show .
“Well, on Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men [Smith and Rock] an opportunity to heal, to speak out, and to reconcile,” said Pinkett Smith.
“The state of the world today, we need them both. In fact, we all need each other more than ever. Until then, Will and I will continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years, which is keep figuring out what it’s called life,” she continued. “Thank you for listening.”
The Men In Black actor took to the stage and slapped Rock after cracking a joke comparing Pinkett Smith’s bald head to the main character from the movie GI Jane.
Red Table Talk mentioned the slap in the first episode of Season 5 in April.
“In light of what has happened over the past few weeks, the Smith family has focused on deep healing,” reads a cover card at the beginning of the first episode.
“Some of the discoveries surrounding our healing will be shared around the table when the time calls,” the message continues. “Until then, the table continues to offer powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.”
Wednesday’s episode included a segment with Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow and her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris in a tearful discussion with a mother whose 12-year-old daughter died by suicide after being bullied because of alopecia.
Because of the slap, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the uproar over his actions. He was also banned from all Academy events for the next 10 years.