The slap, one year later — a timeline

It’s been one yr since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage on the Oscars on March 27, 2022.

The “slap heard around the globe” grew to become an instantaneous popular culture phenomenon as one of the crucial — if not the most — unhinged, surprising moments within the prestigious present’s 94-year historical past.

“Jada, I really like you. ‘GI Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see you,” Rock quipped about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head whereas presenting an award — prompting Smith to run onstage and strike him.

“Preserve my spouse’s title out of your f–king mouth!” Smith infamously shouted at Rock after returning to his seat.

It was later reported that Rock didn’t know Pinkett Smith lived with alopecia, a hair loss illness, although she has been open about her expertise with the situation over time.

The transfer resulted in Smith being banned from the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences for the following 10 years.

Each he and Rock addressed the slap within the following months — every on their very own time and phrases.

Will Smith (R) slaps Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.
Will Smith (proper) slaps Chris Rock onstage in the course of the 94th Oscars on the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.
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March 27, 2022: Smith offers tearful Oscars acceptance speech

Will Smith wipes away tears during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Oscars,
Smith wipes away tears throughout his acceptance speech for Finest Actor on the 2022 Oscars.
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Moments after Smith rushed the stage, he returned to simply accept his first-ever Oscar for his position in “King Richard.”

He tried to narrate the slap to his movie character, Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis-coach father Richard, who was a “fierce protector of his household.”

Smith added that he seemed like a “loopy father” however “love makes you do loopy issues.”

“I wish to apologize to the Academy. I wish to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” he tearfully said.

March 27, 2022: Rock decides to not press prices

US actor Will Smith(L) and Jada Pinkett Smithattend the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 2022 Oscars on the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on March 27, 2022.
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Oscars producer Will Packer appeared on ABC’s “World Information Tonight” simply days after the awards present and claimed that Rock “saved” the night time by opting to not press prices in opposition to his attacker.

“They had been saying, ‘That is battery,’ was the phrase they utilized in that second,” Packer stated of Los Angeles cops that had been allegedly able to arrest the “Males in Black” star.

“[The officers] stated, ‘We’ll go get him, we’re ready to get him proper now,’” he recalled, referring to Smith.

“You’ll be able to press prices and we will arrest him,” the cops added, in keeping with Packer.

However Rock was “very dismissive” of that plan of action, he stated.

“He was like, ‘No, I’m positive,’” the producer recalled. “He was like, ‘No, no, no.’”

March 27, 2022: Smith sings his personal songs at Self-importance Truthful afterparty

As soon as the Oscars awards ceremony wrapped up, an unpenalized Smith, in addition to Pinkett Smith, attended the star-studded Self-importance Truthful Oscars occasion, the place the rapper performed DJ and spun his hit songs “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” and “Miami.”

Smith danced the night time away along with his golden statute in hand.

March 28, 2022: Academy ‘condemns’ slap, guarantees ‘formal evaluate’

The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences launched a press release in regards to the slap the day after the awards ceremony. Though the AMPA tweeted earlier within the day that it didn’t “condone violence of any kind,” it was the primary official remark for the reason that primetime a**ault.

“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith,” the assertion reiterated. “We’ve formally began a proper evaluate across the incident and can discover additional motion and penalties in accordance with our Bylaws, Requirements of Conduct and California regulation.”

Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the slap.
Will and Jada attend the 2022 Self-importance Truthful Oscar Celebration following the slap.
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March 28: Smith points Instagram apology

Smith publicly apologized to Rock for the primary time the day after the slap. Earlier than taking a months-long break from the highlight, he penned a prolonged word in regards to the incident on his Instagram account.

“Violence in all of its kinds is toxic and damaging,” he wrote. “My conduct finally night time’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, however a joke about Jada’s medical situation was an excessive amount of for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.

“I wish to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I used to be out of line and I used to be mistaken,” he continued. “I’m embarra**ed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I wish to be. There is no such thing as a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness.

“I’d additionally prefer to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the present, all of the attendees and everybody watching around the globe. I wish to apologize to the Williams Household and my King Richard Household. I deeply remorse that my conduct has stained what has been an in any other case beautiful journey for all of us.

“I’m a piece in progress,” Smith signed off.

March 29, 2022: Pinkett Smith makes cryptic Instagram put up

Pinkett Smith seemingly addressed her husband’s violent outburst for the primary time through an Instagram put up.

“This can be a season for therapeutic and I’m right here for it,” learn textual content in opposition to a peach-hued background.

She would wait till June to instantly consult with the slap.

March 30, 2022: Rock addresses slap throughout Boston stand-up comedy set

The stage is set for the 95th Academy Awards nominations announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on January 24, 2023.
Smith is banned from the Oscars for the following 10 years.
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Rock stayed mum in regards to the Oscars incident till three days later at his standup comedy present in Boston.

The sold-out crowd greeted the “All people Hates Chris” alum with an almost two-minute standing ovation, which made him misty-eyed.

“I don’t have a bunch of s–t about what occurred,” he stated of the elephant within the room, explaining that he had already ready a whole set pre-slap.

“I had like a complete present I wrote earlier than this weekend. I’m nonetheless kinda processing what occurred. So, in some unspecified time in the future, I’ll speak about that s–t,” Rock stated.

April 1, 2022: Smith resigns from the Academy

Smith resigned from the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences as he confronted doable suspension or expulsion from the group as a result of incident.

The actor stated in a press release he would “totally settle for any and all penalties for my conduct” imposed by the Academy’s Board of Governors.

“The checklist of these I’ve damage is lengthy and consists of Chris, his household, a lot of my pricey associates and family members, all these in attendance, and world audiences at residence,” Smith stated in his prolonged assertion.

The Academy stated Smith’s resignation had been accepted minutes after the actor’s letter went public.

Academy President David Rubin claimed in a press release that the group was nonetheless planning to proceed its investigation.

“We’ll proceed to maneuver ahead with our disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Requirements of Conduct, upfront of our subsequent scheduled board assembly on April 18,” Rubin stated.

April 3, 2022: ‘Saturday Night time Stay’ spoofs the slap

“Saturday Night time Stay” couldn’t assist however get in on the slap heard ’around the world almost per week after the incident occurred.

In a sketch set on the Oscars, “SNL” host Jerrod Carmichael performed a seat filler who received the chance to satisfy Smith, performed by Chris Redd.

The 2 launched right into a pleasant dialog and even took a selfie collectively till the audio of Rock’s “G.I. Jane 2” joke boomed by way of the audio system.

The sketch poked enjoyable at Smith’s notorious strains: “Preserve my spouse’s title out your f–king mouth!” and “Richard Williams was a fierce protector of his household.”

April 8, 2022: Smith banned from the Academy for 10 years

Regardless of Smith already resigning from the Academy, its board of governors additionally banned him from attending any Academy occasions, in particular person or just about, and being ineligible for an additional Oscar till 2032.

That was the primary official penalty the Academy issued in opposition to Smith for the reason that night time of the incident.

In a press release, board president Rubin described Smith’s conduct as “unacceptable and dangerous.”

He additionally admitted that the academy didn’t “adequately deal with the state of affairs” in the course of the dwell telecast.

“I settle for and respect the Academy’s choice,” Smith, 53, stated in a press release.

June 1, 2022: Pinkett Smith addresses slap on ‘Crimson Desk Speak

Jada Pinkett Smith
Pinkett Smith lives with alopecia.

Pinkett Smith spoke on to the digicam firstly of a “Crimson Desk Speak” episode centered round alopecia, the hair loss illness that resulted within the actress shaving her head.

“Contemplating what I’ve been by way of with my very own well being and what occurred on the Oscars, 1000’s have reached out to me with their tales,” she said on the Fb Watch present. “I’m utilizing this second to provide our alopecia household a possibility to speak about what it’s prefer to have this situation and to tell folks about what alopecia truly is.”


“Now, about Oscar night time,” Pinkett Smith continued. “My deepest hope is that these two clever, succesful males [Will and Rock] have a possibility to heal, speak this out and reconcile.

“The state of the world right now, we want them each. And all of us really need each other greater than ever. Till then, Will and I are persevering with to do what we have now completed for the final 28 years, and that’s [to] hold determining this factor referred to as life collectively. Thanks for listening.”

July 24 and 25, 2022: Rock addresses slap at two extra stand-up presents

Rock shared extra materials on the slap throughout units on back-to-back nights in Holmdel, New Jersey, and New York Metropolis.

“Anybody who says, ‘Phrases damage,’ has by no means been punched within the face,” he instructed Jersey shore viewers.

The subsequent night time at Madison Sq. Backyard, Rock declared that he was not the sort to play the sufferer in this sort of state of affairs.

“I’m not a sufferer, motherf–ker,” he stated, including that he “shook that s–t off” and returned to his craft.

“Yeah, that s–t damage, motherf–ker,” Rock admitted. “However I shook that s–t off and went to work the following day … I don’t go to the hospital for a paper reduce.”

Smith uploaded an almost 6-minute video to YouTube 4 months after the slap — an apology that has logged greater than 4 million views on the platform.

“I’ve reached out to Chris, and the message that got here again is that he’s not prepared to speak,” stated the “King Richard” star. “However when he’s, he’ll attain out.

“So I’ll say to you, Chris, I apologize to you,” he continued. “My conduct was unacceptable, and I’m right here everytime you’re prepared to speak.”

Will Smith publicly apologized
Will Smith publicly apologized to Chris Rock in a YouTube video on the finish of July.
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He added: “I’m human and I made a mistake and I’m attempting not to consider myself as a bit of s–t.”

Smith continued to apologize to different individuals who had been damage by the slap, together with Rock’s mom, Rosalie, and his youthful brother, actor Tony Rock, 48. 

“I can say to all of you that there isn’t any a part of me that thinks that this was the suitable technique to behave in that second,” Smith a**erted. “There’s no a part of me that thinks that that is the optimum technique to deal with a feeling of disrespect or insult.”

July 29, 2022: Smith displays on ‘horrific night time’ of Oscars slap

Will Smith is spotted on the The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Nov. 28, 2022.
Will Smith on the “The Each day Present with Trevor Noah” on July 29, 2022.
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Smith appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Each day Present With Trevor Noah” for his first late-night interview for the reason that slap.

He instructed the South African host that he was “going by way of one thing” on Oscars night time and let it get the most effective of him.

“I used to be gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a very very long time,” the “Recent Prince” star stated.

“That was a horrific night time as you possibly can think about,” he added. “There’s many nuances and complexities to it, you understand, however on the finish of the day, I simply — I misplaced it and I suppose what I’d say [is] you simply by no means know what someone’s going by way of.”

Sept. 2, 2022: Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock slam ‘ugly’ Will Smith

Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock opened up about their on-stage a**aults during a recent performance in the UK.
Dave Chappelle (left) and Chris Rock opened up about their onstage a**aults throughout their joint stand-up tour.

Comedy icon Dave Chappelle and Rock spoke about Will Smith and the slap in the course of the Liverpool, UK, leg of their European stand-up tour.

Rock went first that night time, claiming that Smith hit him over “the nicest joke I ever instructed.”

“Will did the impression of an ideal particular person for 30 years, and he ripped his masks off and confirmed us he was as ugly as the remainder of us,” Chappelle, who had his personal onstage a**ault in Might 2022, added throughout his set. “Regardless of the penalties are … I hope he doesn’t put his masks again on once more and lets his actual face breathe.”

“I see myself in each males,” he added.

Oct. 1, 2022: Smith’s first post-slap movie ‘Emancipation’ praised at screening

Apple TV+’s “Emancipation” was Smith’s first film to be launched since he smacked Rock. The drama starred Smith as a runaway slave named Peter, who discovered asylum in Louisiana and winds up becoming a member of the Union Military.

The movie earned reward at a particular screening hosted by the NAACP on the Congressional Black Caucus Basis’s 51st Annual Legislative Convention on Oct. 1, which Smith attended.

Nov. 28, 2022: Will Smith ‘fully understands’ if folks ‘aren’t prepared’ to observe him in ‘Emancipation’

"Emancipation" director Antoine Fuqua is joined by Will Smith on the set of the 2022 film.
“Emancipation” director Antoine Fuqua (left) is joined by Will Smith on the set of the 2022 movie.
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Simply because “Emancipation” was gearing as much as be launched in December didn’t imply some followers had been able to assist Smith once more.

In an interview with Fox 5’s “Good Day DC,” Smith stated, “I fully perceive that if somebody isn’t prepared, I’d completely respect that and permit them their area to not be prepared.

“My deepest concern is my group — [director Antoine Fuqua] has completed what I believe is the best work of his whole profession,” he added. “My deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my group.”

Dec. 2, 2022: ‘Emancipation’ launched

The official “Emancipation” poster.

“Emancipation” debuted in theaters on Dec. 2 and have become obtainable to stream on Apple TV+ on Dec. 9.

Director Antoine Fuqua defended the movie’s launch amid the controversy surrounding Smith.

“My dialog was all the time, ‘Isn’t 400 years of slavery, of brutality, extra necessary than one unhealthy second?’” he instructed Self-importance Truthful in November.

“We had been in Hollywood, and there’s been some actually ugly issues which have taken place, and we’ve seen lots of people get awards which have completed some actually nasty issues,” Fuqua reasoned.

The movie’s launch window made it eligible for consideration for the then-current awards season.

However many Oscars voters surveyed by The Hollywood Reporter stated they had been cautious of supporting Smith for a Finest Actor nod — or every other accolades after the incident.

Lawrence David Foldes, a member of the producers’ department of Academy voters, emphatically instructed the outlet that there was “NO F–KING WAY” he’d vote for Smith.

Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comic made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head.
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Feb. 14, 2023: Academy president broadcasts ‘disaster group’ to keep away from slap-like state of affairs for 2023 Oscars

Academy President Invoice Kramer instructed Time that this yr’s Oscars ceremony may have a “disaster group” standing by at any second in case one thing slap-esque occurs.

“We’ve a complete disaster group, one thing we’ve by no means had earlier than, and plenty of plans in place,” Kramer stated. “We’ve run many situations. So it’s our hope that we are going to be ready for something that we might not anticipate proper now however that we’re planning for simply in case it does occur.”

He additionally added that host Jimmy Kimmel will likely be a useful a**ist and handle unplanned moments.

Feb. 20, 2023: Smith makes TikTok joke about slap

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Will Smith referenced the slap and his Oscar win on TikTok.
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Smith dueted with a TikTok consumer who prompted others on the app to ask an inanimate object what it thinks of you.

“You’ll be able to choose up a pen and ask it the way it sees you or what it thinks of you,” TikToker Sam Rossi defined, “and you’re going to get a solution in your thoughts out of your instinct. You’ll be able to ask your automobile what it thinks of you, you possibly can even ask cash what it thinks of you.”

Smith then reached off-camera to choose up and show his golden statue, which he received moments after Slapgate on the 2022 Oscars.

March 5, 2023: Rock slams Smith in Netflix comedy particular

Chris Rock performs live during his Total Blackout Tour at the Ericsson Globe Arena on October 2, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Rock addressed the slap at size in his new Netflix particular.

Practically a yr after the slap, Rock lastly addressed the incident for all of the world to listen to in his Netflix particular “Selective Outrage.”

“All people on the earth referred to as him a bitch,” Rock stated of Smith within the particular. “All people. All people. And who’s he hit? Me. A n—a he know he may beat. That’s some bitch-a** s–t.”

“Folks like, ‘Did it damage?’ It nonetheless hurts,” Rock continued. “I received ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears!” Rock stated, referring to Smith’s 1991 hip-hop hit with former music companion DJ Jazzy Jeff.

“However I’m not a sufferer, child,” Rock claimed. “You’ll by no means see me on Oprah or Gayle [King], crying.”

Rock’s jokes allegedly made Smith really feel “embarra**ed and damage.”

“He didn’t watch it, however he had folks inform him what Chris stated,” an insider instructed “Leisure Tonight,” including that “Will and Jada have seen feedback about it.

“Will apologized to Chris and would love for Chris to let it go.”

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