Chris Rock made a bold Oscar claim about Jada Pinkett Smith during a new comedy special.
On Saturday (March 4), the comedian performed a historic live set for Netflix Selective outrageShe was roasted for slapping Will Smith at the Oscars in March 2022.
However, he also used the collection to make a claim about Smith’s wife, Pinkett Smith. According to Rock, The Girl travel She tried to convince her husband to drop out of hosting the 2016 Oscars after he didn’t receive a Best Actor nomination.
That year, Smith lobbied for a possible endorsement for the play shockedBut he ultimately failed to make the shortlist.
“Years ago, his wife said I should leave the Oscars. I shouldn’t host ’cause her man wasn’t nominated. shocked. And then he gives me a concussion,” Rock joked.
He added that Pinkett Smith had told him that “Will had to step down because he was not recommended.”
Rock ignored Pinkett-Smith’s plea, and while hosting the ceremony that year, he made a joke at Pinkett-Smith’s expense that resurfaced following the Oscars.
Now, Rock Pinkett says he made the joke in response to Smith’s request.
“That’s how it is — she starts it, I finish it, right? That’s what happened. Nobody picks on her. She started it.
In 2016, Pinkett Smith, along with several other Hollywood stars, boycotted the 2016 ceremony due to the lack of diversity in that year’s nominations. This lack of diversity fueled the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.
The Independent Pinkett has contacted Smith for comment.
Rock added in the special: “I’ve rooted for Will Smith my whole life. Now I see liberation Just to see him get beaten.”
liberation A 2021 slave drama directed by Anthony Fuqua, in which Smith plays a man who must survive in the Louisiana swamps while being chased by slave catchers and their dogs.
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During Rock’s stand-up special, the comedian slammed Meghan Markle’s claims she experienced “racism” during her time at Buckingham Palace.
He directly addressed Smith’s slap, saying he “took that hit” like former professional boxer Manny Pacquiao.
However, fans noticed that Rock made an obvious mistake about Smith while grilling the actor.
In 2022, Smith took to the Oscars stage to slam Rock after the comedian made a joke about Pinkett Smith.
Later in the ceremony, Smith won Best Actor for his role King Richardand delivered a tearful speech.
He was subsequently banned from membership of the Academy for 10 years and will not be allowed to attend the 2023 ceremony.
Traditionally, Smith, the Best Actor winner, would have been invited to present Best Actress. It is not known who will replace him with the trophy.
This year’s Oscars will be held on March 12.