The Acadamy Awards fell into chaos after Hollywood star Will Smith walked on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face on live television.
The crowd was left stunned, with many laughing while beleiving it was part of the show, until Smith returned to his seat and continued to yell back at Rock aggressively.
Smith repeatedly shouted at Rock, telling him to keep his “wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth.”
The incident erupted when Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinket Smith, and mocked her hair loss due to alopecia.
“You know who’s got the hardest job tonight?” Rock said during his routine.
“Javier Bardem and his wife are both nominated.
“Now, if she loses, he can’t win!
“He is praying that Will Smith wins, like, please, lord!” Rock said before turning to Will Smith and his wife Jada.
“Jada, I love you,” Rock said.
“G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it, alright.”
In the movie G.I Jane, Demi Moore’s character was a lieutenant in the Navy who shaved her head.
Jada Pinket Smith suffers from alopecia and is losing her hair.
Smith was seen laughing before getting up and walking on stage to confront an unsuspecting Rock.
He slapped Rock across the face causing Rock to say after a pause:
“Wow, Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me.”
“Get my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth,” Smith yelled back from his seat.
“Wow, dude. It was a G.I. Jane joke,” Rock said.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth,” Smith yelled.
“I am going to, okay,” Rock said.
“That was the greatest night in the history of television,” Rock said.
VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa
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During the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off. Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side. pic.twitter.com/uDGVnWrSS2
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