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Jada Pinkett Smith promises to share her family's reactions to Will Smith's Oscars slap 'when the time calls' on 'Red Table Talk'

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith posing at the red carpet of the 2022 Critics Choice Awards.
Jada Pinkett Smith said that her family's reaction to Will Smith's Oscars controversy will be shared publicly at a later time.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
  • Jada Pinkett Smith kicked off season five of "Red Table Talk" with a message referencing the Oscars.

  • She said that her family has been "focusing on deep healing" since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.

  • "Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls," she said.

Jada Pinkett Smith said that Will Smith's Oscars slap will be addressed on her hit show "Red Table Talk," but not yet.

"Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing," Pinkett Smith said via a title card included in the season five premiere of "RTT," released on Facebook Watch on Wednesday. "Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls."

"Until then… The table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring, and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest," the message continued, referring to their latest guest, musician Janelle Monáe.

"Thanks for joining us," Pinkett Smith concluded her note.

Will Smith hits Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.Brian Snyder/Reuters

The actress was referring to Smith being the center of controversy after he slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards on March 27.

During the awards ceremony, Rock appeared onstage to present the award for best documentary, which went to Questlove for "Summer of Soul."

Pinkett Smith was in the audience with Smith, who was the frontrunner in the best actor category for his performance as Richard Williams, the real-life father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, in the 2021 biopic "King Richard."

Prior to announcing the recipient of the best documentary award, Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith's bald head.

"Jada, I love ya. 'G.I. Jane 2,' can't wait to see it," Rock said.

Smith initially laughed at Rock's joke at the Oscars, but Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes and appeared unamused.

The "Girls Trip" star had opened up about her hair loss due to the autoimmune disease alopecia on several previous occasions.

Seconds after Rock made his joke about Pinkett Smith's appearance, Smith walked up to the stage and slapped Rock in the face. Then the actor returned to his seat next to his wife.

Will Smith hits Chris Rock
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Rock played off the attack, saying: "Oh, wow! Wow. Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me."

Back in his seat, in a moment that was muted in the US broadcast, Smith shouted, "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!"

"Wow, dude. It was a 'G.I. Jane' joke," Rock replied.

In response, Smith said: "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!"

"I'm going to, OK," Rock said, seemingly unsure how to react. "That was the greatest night in the history of television, OK."

Later in the evening, Smith returned to the Oscars stage to accept his award for best actor and apologized to the Academy for his behavior.

At the end of his speech, Smith said: "I'm hoping the Academy invites me back."

Will Smith holds his Oscar and smiles
Will Smith holding his Oscar.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The "Bad Boys" actor went on to share an additional apology on Instagram, in which he called his conduct "unacceptable and inexcusable."

Pinkett Smith shared a post on Instagram two days after the Oscars, of a plain image with the following text placed over it: "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it."

On April 1, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A week later, the Academy announced that Smith will be banned from the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Rock on air.

In an open letter sent to Insider, the Academy said that Smith will be barred from attending "any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards."

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