Jada Pinkett Smith will share details of family’s ‘deep healing’ following Oscars bust-up

Jada Pinkett Smith has said her family have been focused on “deep healing” since her husband slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars last month. During his routine, Chris made a joke about Jada and made a direct reference to her hairdo. Chris had told Jada, who suffers from alopecia, that he was excited to see GI Jane 2, referencing the famous shaved head Demi Moore donned in the film.

Shortly afterwards, Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris across the face. As he went to sit down, he was heard shouting at Chris: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”

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In the first episode of her show Red Table Talk since the incident, Jada promised that “discoveries” made by the Smith family will be shared “when the time calls”, in a message posted at the top of the show. It read: “Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing.

“Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared when the time calls. Until then…the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.

“Thanks for joining us, Jada.” Red Table Talk sees the actress, her daughter, Willow Smith, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, discuss a wide variety of topics – including Jada’s experience with alopecia.

Wednesday’s episode featured singer Janelle Monae as the guest who shared her experiences of coming out, overcoming her fears of abandonment and how she healed from the traumatising effects of her father’s drug addiction. The hosts were also joined Monae’s mother.

The incident at the Oscars resulted in widespread criticism of Will Smith who, moments after assaulting Rock, won the award for best actor. He apologised for his actions but said he was ‘defending his family’.

Will subsequently resigned from the Academy and was later banned from attending all Academy events for the next 10 years.