An industry insider has revealed that Chris Rock’s controversial “GI Jane” joke about Jada Pinkett Smith was unscripted at the Oscars on Sunday (March 27).
That’s what ABC manager Robb Mills said diversity on Monday (March 28) that the comedian spread the joke at will, which prompted best actor award winner Will Smith to take to the stage and meet Rock.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2can’t wait to see you,” Rock joked at the Oscars for Best Documentary, apparently referring to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
Pinkett Smith – who revealed last year that she shaved her head after battling alopecia – was seen in the audience with her husband and rolled her eyes at Rock’s comment.
Mills, who was in the Oscars production trailer at the time of the incident, also told the publication that Rock “I think made material based on what happened that night, like any comedian will.”
Mills recalled the moments before Smith slapped Rock on stage, before yelling at him to “keep Pinkett-Smith’s name out of your damn mouth,” adding, “He did that [GI Jane] to kid. Obviously you could see that the joke didn’t end up on Jada. And then you see Will get up and go upstairs.”
Mills also narrated diversity that the Oscar production team, including director Glenn Weiss, realized something was wrong when Rock cursed live on television.
“You started to realize that this was real when Chris, who certainly knows the limitations of broadcast standards, said, ‘Will Smith blew my shit out,'” Mills explained.
Smith, who accepted the Oscar for Best Actor King Richard Shortly after the altercation broke out, Rock apologized to Rock when the Academy said Monday it had launched a “formal investigation” into the unsavory incident.
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The 53-year-old actor – who portrayed tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard in the 2021 film – took responsibility for his actions in an Instagram statement that also addressed the Academy.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me to bear emotionally. I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong,” Smith wrote.
After the live broadcast of the Oscars ended, the academy took to Twitter to condemn Smith’s actions, writing that it “condones no form of violence.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/will-smith-chris-rock-jada-joke-ad-lib-b2046134.html Will Smith: Chris Rock’s Oscar joke about Jada Pinkett Smith isn’t scripted, an insider says