Will Smith and Chris Rock’s long-running feud
Actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife at the 2022 Oscars. Not many people know that the feud between the two has been slowly brewing for the past few years.
Will Smith actor [right] punches presenter Chris Rock on stage during an Oscars award show (AP photo)
Actor Will Smith’s altercation with comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars may have shocked viewers, but this isn’t the first time the latter has lured the former with jokes at his expense. In fact, the feud between the two has been slowly brewing for the past few years.
That’s right. Not many people know that Will Smith and Chris Brown shared screen space in 1995 for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode. Their relationship seemed cordial at the time but two years later the comedian poked fun at Will while interviewing his wife Jada on his talk show The Chris Rock Show. He presented her with a bottle of champagne while she was doing the interview without mentioning Will Smith at any point.
After that 1997 incident, Chris, Will, and Jada have all appeared friendly to each other over the years. However, in 2011, Chris Rock once again made a joke about how Will spoiled everyone, including himself, while expressing his displeasure with his industry colleague’s success.
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He had said, “The guy has taken roles from me before, now his kids are taking roles from my kids. Will Smith, can’t you get enough? Shit Will Smith!
Similarly, in 2016, Jada was one of many A-listers who boycotted the “all-white” Oscars after being called out for her lack of diversity among nominees, particularly among the black community. So, mocking Jada, Chris, while hosting the Oscars at the time, used her as joke material in his opening monologue. It was the same year that Will didn’t receive a nomination for the movie Concussion.
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Tensions were still high two years later when Chris Rock took another swipe at Will Smith after wishing his ex-wife Sheree Zampino a happy birthday with a photo on social media. So yes, Chris Rock’s joke about his wife once again at the 2022 Oscars must have been the last straw for Will Smith.
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