Hosted by Jimmy KimmelSunday night and couldn’t help but reference last year’s headline-making show. “If something unexpected or violent happens during the show, do what you did last year — nothing,” the comedian and late-night host said. Mention on stage at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.
While Rock was presenting the award for best documentary, he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, shaving her head — which she did.. After Rock compared her to “GI Jane”, Smith walked on stage, And then returned to his seat.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth,” Smith then shouted from his seat in the audience.
TV viewers and audience members were shocked by the unexpected explosion, with many wondering if it was planned — and several stars in the theater appeared glued to their seats, confused.
In his monologue Sunday night, Kimmel joked that if something like that happened this year, attendees should “sit there and do absolutely nothing. Even hug the attacker.”
Kimmel also joked that this year, “there are strict policies” in case of another violent outburst.
“If somebody in this theater commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you’re going to be given the Oscar for best actor and allowed to give a 19-minute long speech,” he said, referring to Smith’s win in 2022 after the slap.
Smith apologized as punishment for the slapfor 10 years.
Kimmel didn’t just limit his slapstick jokes to monologues. The host also took the opportunity to bring up the incident ahead of the best documentary feature category, saying he hoped it would go off without a “hitch”, referring to the 2005 romantic comedy in which Smith played the title role.
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Kimmel took another dig when noting the number of Irish actors in the room, saying that “the potential for another fight on stage has increased.” He also referenced “The Banshees on Inisheran” when discussing the Irish cast of Smith’s 1997 hit “Gettin’ Ziggy With It”.
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