The episode started off with a written statement addressing how the Smith family is dealing with the incident by "focusing on deep healing."
Following the Oscar evening incident where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, a lot has happened. Rock made fun of Jada Pinkett Smith who lost her hair due to alopecia, an autoimmune disorder.
While Rock's comedy tour ticket sales have been in high demand, Smith has been banned from the events held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), including the Oscars, for the next 10 years. Many of his projects have been put on hold as well. Since then the Smith family has not addressed the incident directly. But Pinkett Smith is back with her Red Table Talk along with her daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris.
In the latest episode of the show, Pinkett Smith has made a reference to the incident, small as it might be. The episode started off with a written statement saying, "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 at the table 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." The episode that was released on Wednesday last week, went on to show the footage with their guest Janelle Monáe.
Previously, sources close to the family shared how the family was handling the matter. Pinkett Smith had previously stated that she was not "angry with" her husband for slapping Rock but also wished he had not done it. "It was in the heat of the moment and it was him overreacting," the source had shared. "He knows that, she knows that. They’re in agreement that he overreacted."
A source had also shared the family's reaction. "It’s been a nightmare for everyone," the source had revealed. "Will knows the road to redemption is going to be a long and painful one, and there’s a part of him that’s grown to accept he’ll never be able to fully repair the damage that was caused." They added, "They know the best course of action is to stay tight-lipped. The only healer is time." Since then no one from the family has said anything publicly. Smith had released a statement on Instagram apologizing for his actions and also a brief statement to accept his 10-year ban.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally." he wrote and added. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong." The 53-year-old actor was recently spotted at a private airport in India.