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Serena Weighs In on Oscars Slap on Dad's Big Night

The controversy overshadowed 'King Richard,' but she suggests it's time to forgive Will Smith

(Newser) - Serena Williams has a stronger connection than most to Will Smith's infamous slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars—she was in the audience that night because Smith played her father in the movie King Richard. In an interview with CBS Mornings on Thursday, the tennis great suggested it'...

Will Smith Gives First Interview on 'Horrific Night' at Oscars

Actor talks about 'the slap' with Trevor Noah: 'I just, I lost it'

(Newser) - Chris Rock hasn't spoken much, other than a few jokes , on "the slap" —the moment at the Oscars ceremony earlier this year when Will Smith attacked the comedian. Smith, however, is now speaking more openly about it, in his first interview about what he describes as a...

Will Smith Is Generating New Oscars Buzz

Actor could be a nominee in Academy he's banned from for 10 years after Chris Rock controversy

(Newser) - Will Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock at this year's ceremony, but that doesn't mean he can't win another Academy Award. Smith, who picked up the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard following the infamous slap, is...

Responding to One Controversy, Chris Rock Creates Another

Comedian references Will Smith slap with joke about Nicole Brown Simpson, which didn't go well

(Newser) - Chris Rock won't be back to host the Oscars next year, at least according to his own telling, and yes, it appears to be linked to "the slap." The 57-year-old comedian performed Sunday night at Phoenix's Arizona Financial Theatre, which is where he informed the crowd...

Chris Rock Not Ready to Talk, but He's Slipping in Little Digs

Comedian starting to make references to the infamous slap at his shows

(Newser) - In an apology video released Friday, Will Smith said he was told that Chris Rock still isn't ready to talk to him. But Rock has increasingly been referencing the Oscars slap in jokes. Hours after Smith's video was released, Rock appeared in Atlanta as part of his "...

Will Smith Apologizes to Rock—and Rock's Mother

Actor discusses the Oscars slap in new video

(Newser) - Will Smith is offering his most detailed apology yet over his infamous slap of Chris Rock four months ago at the Oscars. In a newly released video , the actor apologizes not only to Rock, but to Rock's family and to his own, report People and Variety . Some key lines:...

Will Smith Picks Up Another Major Award

BET honors him as best actor for 'King Richard' role

(Newser) - Will Smith has remained among the seldom seen since t he slap incident in March, but his name is still spoken at award ceremonies, most recently at Sunday’s BET Awards. Smith won best actor for his lead role in the sports drama King Richard, which also won best movie,...

Pinkett Smith Finally Shares Her Thoughts on Oscars Slap

Will Smith, Chris Rock, need to 'talk this out and reconcile,' she says

(Newser) - After more than two months, Jada Pinkett Smith has shared her thoughts on her husband slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars . In the Wednesday episode of her Red Table Talk Facebook series, Pinkett Smith didn't apologize for Will Smith's behavior, but said both men need to talk, TMZ...

Before 'The Slap,' Will Smith Envisioned His 'Life Destroyed'

He tells David Letterman of hallucinogenic vision

(Newser) - Well before his infamous Oscars slap , Will Smith recorded an interview with David Letterman for the latter's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction series. Now that it's airing on Netflix, some of the actor's comments are getting a little extra attention.
  • Career: Smith told Letterman he had

Kevin Hart: Beating of Chappelle Attacker 'Needed to Happen'

Howard Stern, on the other hand, sees hypocrisy in how things were handled

(Newser) - Video footage showed people punching and kicking the man who rushed Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday. Photos also showed the suspect with a very clearly broken arm . "It's one of those things that needed to happen, though," Kevin Hart told guest host...

Chris Rock's Mom Speaks Out on The Slap

Will Smith 'really slapped me,' says Rose Rock

(Newser) - Chris Rock himself says he's still "processing" the slap he received from Will Smith. His brother has been more vocal in speaking out against Smith. And now the comedian's mother is weighing in publicly for the first time. “When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of...

Chris Rock on the Slap: Not Talking 'Until I Get Paid'

'I got my hearing back,' he adds to audience in California

(Newser) - Chris Rock still isn't ready to talk in detail about The Slap in public, but he appears to have made his first joke about it on stage. "I'm OK, I have a whole show and I'm not talking about that until I get paid," Rock...

You Won't See Will Smith at the Oscars for 10 Years

But academy's board does not strip him of his award

(Newser) - This year's Oscar for best actor will remain in the hands of Will Smith. The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its punishment Friday for his infamous slap of Chris Rock , and it does not involve stripping him of his statuette. Instead,...

Chris Rock's Brother: Here's What Should Happen to Will Smith

Kenny Rock wants Smith's Oscar taken away, among other things

(Newser) - As far as Chris Rock's brother is concerned, the Academy Award Will Smith won shortly after slapping Rock onstage at the Oscars should be revoked, and Smith should be banned from attending future ceremonies. "I might have looked at it differently had he initially apologized when he got...

Hollywood Slows Will Smith Projects
Will Smith Projects Slow Down

Will Smith Projects Slow Down

Interest in making a biopic of the actor has faded since the Oscars

(Newser) - The long-term fallout from Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards isn't known yet, but immediate effects are surfacing. Producers have slowed, if not stopped, a couple of his next jobs, per the Hollywood Reporter . One film, Fast and Loose, lost its director before the...

Grammys Host Trevor Noah Makes a Will Smith Joke

Don't worry, he assures audience, names will be kept out of mouths

(Newser) - According to SFGate , it was just seven minutes into Sunday night's Grammy Awards when a Will Smith joke was made. "Don’t even think of it as an award show,” Noah said toward the end of his monologue. “This is a concert where we’re giving...

There Was No Escaping the Slap on SNL

Will Smith-Chris Rock incident gets the 'Saturday Night Live' treatment

(Newser) - If you've grown weary of the seemingly wall-to-wall coverage of the notorious Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscar slap , Saturday Night Live offered little respite. The April 2 episode, which featured comedian/actor Jerrod Carmichael as host and musical guest Gunna, served up its take on the incident "again and again...

'Nobody Comes Out of This Looking Good'
'Nobody Comes Out
of This Looking Good'

'Nobody Comes Out of This Looking Good'

Smith's slap overshadowed 'what should have been one of the greatest nights of his life'

(Newser) - It's being called the "slap heard around the world"—after presenter Chris Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith's lack of hair at the Oscars Sunday night, Will Smith slapped him and shouted, twice, "Keep my wife's name out of your f---ing mouth!" Some...

Will Smith Resigns From Academy
Will Smith Resigns
From Academy 

Will Smith Resigns From Academy

Board says disciplinary process will continue

(Newser) - Facing an investigation and a disciplinary hearing over his assault of comedian Chris Rock on the Oscars stage, actor Will Smith has resigned as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a statement issued Friday, Smith apologized for his behavior Sunday and said he'll...

Chris Rock Was 'Dismissive' of LAPD Arresting Will Smith

Meanwhile, Smith's apology call to Academy leadership is causing yet more controversy

(Newser) - After the Oscars slap heard 'round the world, Los Angeles Police Department officers approached Chris Rock and made it clear they would arrest Will Smith if that's what he wanted, according to an Academy Awards producer who sat down for an interview with Good Morning America that was...

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