Jada Pinkett Smith’s deepest hope is that Chris Rock & Will Smith ‘talk this out’

It’s been two full months since the Oscars and it feels like it’s been two years. In the middle of the Oscars, Chris Rock was on stage as a presenter and he went off-script with a “joke” about Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada has alopecia, and Rock’s insensitive joke was about how she should star in G.I. Jane 2. It was not the first time Rock singled out Jada with his “jokes” and clearly, there was a lot of history between Rock, Jada and Will Smith. In any case, Will walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock. Will went back to his chair and shouted up at Rock “take my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.” The controversy-cycle lasted for a solid month and we covered a lot of it. I hoped we could put the scandal down for an entire summer and maybe revisit it with fresh eyes in the fall. But no. The new season of Red Table Talk is here and in this week’s episode, Jada said words about the slap.

Jada Pinkett Smith is reflecting on the relationship between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock, two months after Will struck the comedian in the face at the 2022 Academy Awards. At the beginning of Wednesday’s Red Table Talk, Jada, 50, said into the camera, “About Oscar night. My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.”

“With the state of the world today, we need ’em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever,” the Girls Trip actress continued. “Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years — and that’s [to] keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening,” Jada concluded.

Wednesday’s new episode explores people’s stories of living with alopecia, a condition Jada has openly struggled with. On Oscars night, Rock joked about Jada’s shaved head, which led to Will walking onstage and striking the comedian.

[From People]

In some ways, she’s right to basically act like it’s not about her and say that the two men need to work their sh-t out. Jada didn’t do anything but roll her eyes and look annoyed with Rock’s joke. She didn’t ask Will to slap Chris. She didn’t want any part of this whole situation. She has never, to my knowledge, even called out Rock or spoken about whether his “jokes” bother her. Perhaps she thinks if she acknowledges him or talks about how uncomfortable he’s made her feel, she’ll be giving him what he wants. That being said, I do feel like Jada’s high road is built with bricks of pain. She’s like “we need these two wonderful men” but girl, is that really how you feel?

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  1. Eggbert says:

    She’s a much bigger person than me.

    I also saw on her episode that they had a mother of a 12 year old girl with alopecia who died by suicide because she was being bullied….I hope one day Chris Rock realizes the impact of his words and apologizes.

    • Again says:

      Is Chris Rock problematic yes- did he say anything specifically about alopecia – no. Do we know that he even knew that she had alopecia? No. So fed up of the ‘he made fun of her alopecia’ line. He actually didn’t. Yes he made a joke about her appearance (and that’s a whole other topic about whether comedians should be doing that) but it wasn’t specifically about alopecia.

      • LEvans says:

        But her alopecia is central to her appearance. She is bald because of the difficulties with alopecia. So his joke about her baldness was de facto making fun of her alopecia. Did he know is another question and perhaps why you shouldn’t make fun of someone’s appearance. That type of bullying can and does lead to death by suicide. Chris has targeted her for years and at minimum owes her an apology.

      • Formerly Lithe says:


        “Shame on you @chrisrock. Didn’t we sit down and talk at length about how painfully humiliating and difficult it is to navigate life as a bald woman in a society that is hair obsessed? As if life isn’t challenging enough out here as an unprotected black woman?”

        This is from Sheila Bridges, one of the subjects of Rock’s “Good Hair” documentary. The one he would go on to promote by spilling tea about then First Lady Michelle Obama’s “weaves,” and challenging Oprah, on her own show, to prove she was not wearing one.

        “Good Hair” featured an interview between Rock and Bridges (IG/harlemtoilegirl), with her speaking candidly about her experience as a woman of colour of losing her hair to alopecia, and having to live with it.

        You may be fed up @again but it’s not from eating your food.

      • Persephone says:

        YESS!!!! Thank you. If the there was an upvote button, you would deserve 10000.

      • Meg says:

        @formerly lythe
        Yes good points

  2. Eurydice says:

    I don’t know – she probably feels a lot of things. But, from her comments, it seems that what she wants is to move on with her life. She’s taking the initiative to declare what she wants and the two men can figure the rest out themselves.

  3. Kaykay says:

    At the red table?

    I’m sorry. I saw a video of her filmin Will Smith, belittling him. My abusive ex used to do that to me and it gave me the weirdest feeling about her. That combined with getting cozy with August Alsina has left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. He was only 22. That’s a baby.

    I don’t care for this person at all.

    • Moxylady says:

      I think she abuses him in some way. 100%. There have been so many sketchy social media moments etc that make me go…. Ohhhh that’s a red flag.
      I think she’s probably a narcissist. I mean the whole industry is full of them. But …. Anyway.

    • fani says:

      yes, that video was heartbreaking.
      Smith looked fearful defending himself.
      he was right though, his social media is his bread and butter.
      apparently, she is very high up in the scientology ranks.
      in regards to Alsina, imagine your kids start hanging out with a guy who is 6 years older than them and then you take him as your lover.
      Then you are done with him so you dispose of him.

    • Formerly Lithe says:

      This situation is messy in so many ways and I cringed when I heard Jada was planning on making it a Red Table Talk topic.

      If what Kaiser reported was all Jada said, I take that as a win for all concerned. All 3 of them need to work on themselves as individuals, getting help figuring out why they are the way they are and unlearning a lot of things. Especially Chris and Jada.

  4. emmi says:

    Thing thing called life … do people really talk like that? Good for her for being gracious, I sure wouldn’t be if someone had made fun of me at the Oscars.

  5. Renee Brown says:

    I guess you all missed the RTT about her grandmother teaching Jada how to masturbate at age 9. Or the letter her daughter wrote to Tupac. Or Jada having an affair with the friend of her son in her home. Jada is toxic. Chris Rock isn’t the bad guy. Everybody wasn’t aware of her alopecia. Many Black women are shaving their hair these days since the movie Black Panther and they look gorgeous. Jada looks stunning. He mother and daughter also shaved her heads. The comment was about her hairstyle. And even if you believe differently. Chris made a bad joke. Will assaulted him.