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Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) Responds To THAT SLAP From Will Smith

It was the slap that was heard from all around the world and now it’s the slap that also has Aunt Viv’s seal of approval. Of course, we are talking about the viral Oscars moment in which Will Smith made it known to the world that he didn’t appreciate Chris Rock making jokes at his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense. As a result, Will came on stage during the broadcast and slapped Chris across the face. And now actress Janet Hubert, who played Will’s Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and also had role on One Life to Live and General Hospital is speaking up about the matter. Here’s what you need to know.

Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) Responds To THAT SLAP From Will Smith

Soon after Will Smith won his Best Actor award for his role in “King Richard,” Janet took to her Instagram account to celebrate his award. She wrote, “So PROUD OF YOU! Yes there is only so much one can take…sometimes you have to slap back. Celebrate the win.”

When a social media follower had asked Janet what she thought of Chris Rock, she responded with, “Met him once… it was enough for me…very mean spirited.”

Meanwhile, Will has issued an apology for slapping Chris Rock across the face. The actor called his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.” 

Will Smith Issues An Apology

“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. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

He also included in his note an apology to “the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world,” and said, “I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress.”

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2 years ago

If will Smith suffers consequences from his actions of defending his wife’s honor then so to shall Chris Rock suffer consequences for his I’ll gotten humor towards a man’s sick wife. No one should be allowed to demean another’s family members. I understand comedy is comedy but when in the presence of your subjects I think you need to use caution to people’s family. Would Chris Rock like people poking fun of his family…I think not and even more not if that family member is sick. Did Chris Rock know it? Does matter..don’t do it since he was looking right at her you know she was present. Some people’s humor isn’t humor at all when your demeaning someone. I can’t stand jimmy Kimmy for the same reason and I use to stay up late to watch him.

2 years ago

yeah well, he is an actor how much paper did he and his wife go through before they deemed his apology post worthy. He could have handled it more maturely by talking to him after the oscars instead he resorted to violence. Even actors should stop and think about a way to handle things without violence. We are not in high school anymore. Chris should not of cracked a joke at Jada. But the Smiths have been in the fame world long enough to know comedians crack insulative jokes all the time. Chris also said .. Jada I am sorry I love you girl but .. and said the GI Jane joke. I pat Chris on the back for the way he handled it on stage and for not pressing charges.

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