There’s no doubt in my mind that Will Smith slapping the shit out of Chris Rock at the Oscars has been a boon for the ratings of Red Table Talk even though host Jada Pinkett Smith has barely said boo about it on the show or in the press. Instead, Jada has been teasing The Slap by sprinkling the show’s 5th season, which debuted a few weeks later, with platitudes about healing, deep healing and healing testimonies instead of telling us the only testimony we actually want(ed. I’m over it now) to know like was Will playing The Heel or was Chris? On the most recent episode of RTT titled Alopecia: The Devastating Impact, Jada once again set the table and busted out the teapot like she was gonna pour some, but by the time she got to talking about how she wished Will and Chris would “talk this out and reconcile,” the tea had gone cold. So she dumped it and served us some stale biscuits and room temperature tap water instead.
Turns out the devastating impact of alopecia has everything to do with the disease and nothing to do with your husband trying to slap another man bald on live television. According to People:
Jada Pinkett Smith is reflecting on the relationship between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock, two months after Will struck the comedian in the face at the 2022 Academy Awards.
At the beginning of Wednesday’s Red Table Talk, Jada, 50, said into the camera, “About Oscar night. My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.”
“With the state of the world today, we need ’em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever,” the Girls Trip actress continued.
“Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years — and that’s [to] keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening,” Jada concluded.
Together? And he is where exactly? Still Eat Love Praying the embarrassment away? And do we really “need ’em both?” For what? We’ve got enough emotionally dysregulated lunatics running around out here as it is. Besides, until Jada can get Will, Chris and Demi Moore to join her on RTT to participate in an epic, gloves off round table slap-off, there will be no healing as a nation.
Here’s the full RTT episode: