Will Smith Smacks Chris Rock After Jada Pinkett Smith Joke During Oscars Telecast

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Just like other awards shows, the Academy Awards have been slipping in relevance over the last few years.

The 2022 Academy Awards featured some big winners on the night, but Chris Rock found himself in trouble with Will Smith for a joke he made about his wife.

Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith being in "G.I. Jane" because of her shaved head, prompting Will to go on the stage and slap him.

US actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock

Rock was visibly stunned as Will returned to his seat and yelled the following at him.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your f----g mouth!”

"Oh wow," said a Rock Rock as Smith made his way back to his seat.

Will Smith appears to slap Chris Rock

"Will Smith just smacked the s--- out of me."

"Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke," said Rock prompting Will to double down, "Keep my wife's name out your f---ing mouth!"

"I'm going to, okay?" Rock replied.

"That was the ... greatest night in the history of television," the star added.

Will Smith appears to slap Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre

The footage was censored during the telecast, but it aired unedited in Australia.

The shocking moment left people at the event shocked, and while many initially believed the whole scenario to have been a joke, it doesn't appear to be that.

Pinkett Smith suffers from the autoimmune disorder alopecia (which attacks hair follicles resulting in bald spots and hair loss).

The star opened up about her "issues with hair loss" during an episode of her show Red Table Talk, explaining, "It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, 'Oh my god, am I going bald?'"

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

At the time, Pinkett Smith shared that she had found some treatment to combat some of the hair loss.

"I'm getting my little steroid injections, and they seem to be helping, but not curing, but they seem to be helping, but I'm open to other ideas," the star shared.

"I just want to say a thank you to everyone for all the outreach, from all the doctors and all the holistic practitioners, who have been reaching out to me for this head of mine, I appreciate it so much," she said.

"And I'm taking into a lot of consideration all the recommendations that are coming my way."

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Will won his first Oscar for his role as father and coach of tennis player Venus and Serena Williams in the movie King Richard, and addressed the altercation in his acceptance speech.

“Denzel [Washington] said to me, at your highest moment, be careful — that’s when devil comes for you,” he said.

“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to my fellow nominees.”

In the aftermath of the shocking incident, the LAPD  revealed that Rock declined to file a police report, according to Variety.

Will Smith attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

“LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program," the statement reads.

"The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”

Watch the uncensored footage of the incident below.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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