Will Smith Did A “Red Table Talk Takeover” And Discussed Dropping Weight After His Dad Bod Went Viral And Getting Unexpectedly Spat On By One Of His “Emancipation” Co-Stars
Most people who put the smackdown on someone on stage at a formal televised public event forever immortalized on the internet for millions and millions to gawk at for eternity might consider taking a beat (heyyo!) to fade into the background and self-reflect without a mistrustful audience. Will Smith isn’t “most people,” though, and recently he’s been trying to make Will Smith happen again by crying on The Daily Show and now doing a Red Table Talk takeover as he tries to snatch that Oscar for his upcoming film, Emancipation. And though Will isn’t even allowed to attend an Oscar ceremony for the next decade if he does snag a nomination, he talked about the extreme measures he took for the role, which included losing weight after a 2021 picture of his dad bod went viral and getting surprise-spat on by one of his co-stars.
I knew THIS moment would be coming after Will Smith started opening up about The Slap heard ’round the world in preparation for his upcoming film Emancipation and Oscar campaign. Will went on a brief apology tour over the summer, but he’s upping the ante with waterworks and a sweet story involving one of his family members during an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.
Will Smith is still reminding us of how he greeted Chris Rock with a five-finger face kiss at the Oscars many moons ago. In the aftermath, he received disciplinary action from the Academy, including being banned from attending ceremonies for the next decade. Anyone else would sit down, shut up and enjoy being rich at home for ten years. But not Will. He has a new film coming out this Friday titled Emancipation, which he probably hopes will become the Roots of the new millennium. Not a chance Will, which he understands and admits people may not be ready to see him onscreen once again just yet.
Many moons ago, there was a moment during the Oscars where Will Smith introduced the inside of his hand to Chris Rock‘s face for the first (and hopefully) last time. And even though we can finally hear the fading remnants of that slap disappear into the background there are still people who are interested in its aftermath. Including The Academy. Will has attempted an apology multiple times while Chris has primarily remained silent, as he should because there might be another slap awaiting him in case he starts snitching!! And with this knowledge in mind, Chris rejected an offer to host the Oscars in the future, even though it would be the perfect opportunity to exact his revenge.
4 months after The Slap™ heard round the world, Will Smith has posted a video apologizing to Chris Rock for his actions at the 2022 Oscars. Will’s YouTube vid, titled “It’s been a minute….”, clocks in at 5 minutes and 44 seconds, and features Will answering so-called fan questions. These questions include, “Why didn’t you apologize to Chris during your acceptance speech?”, “After Jada rolled her eyes, did she tell you to do something?”, and “Why did you choose to sit directly in front of a white ball light while wearing a white ball cap? It makes you look like an egg head. I feel like the production designer for this apology video should’ve caught that. Are you planning to slap the production designer for this apology video?”
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.