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The heated confrontation between the two celebrities was a reaction to a joke made at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith.
Referring to her as GI Jane, Rock made an unsavoury joke about Jada's baldness, to which her husband, Will reacted with a slap onstage.
While walking back to his seat, the actor said, Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.
To which Rock responded by saying, Wow, dude. Yeah it was a GI Jane joke, which further prompted Smith to repeat, Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.
Soon after, Will Smith was awarded the Best Actor in a leading role for his performance in King Richard, where he says, I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people.
I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse. You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile and you got to pretend like that’s okay.
The shocking instance comes after the actress, singer and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith had recently opened up about her struggles with hair loss due to a condition called alopecia areata, an auto immune disorder.