Back in March, the entertainment world was turned on its head when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. In the months that followed, the Smiths slowly released statements about the incident. Speaking on a June episode of Jada’s hit series Red Table Talk, the Scream 2 star explained, “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men will have an opportunity to heal, to speak out, and to make up. In late July, Will released his own statement, apologizing to the comedian before stating he’ll be ready to talk whenever Chris is ready.
Aside from the parties involved, many of their industry peers have also shared their opinions on the infamous moment and the Smiths’ statements, including Vivica A. Fox. During a June appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show,” the “Kill Bill” star claimed Jada “claimed no accountability” during her aforementioned “red table talk” statement (per Complex). “Will Smith defended her honor,” she explained. “That was the reason – the reason he went on stage and slapped her – because he felt his wife had been insulted. So I don’t see any responsibility as a partner…”
While Jada has remained relatively quiet since Fox’s statement, the Two Can Play At That Game actor shared an update on whether she’s spoken to her Set It Off co-star.
Vivica A. Fox has not spoken to Jada Pinkett Smith since she called
For the past month, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have remained relatively quiet about the infamous Oscar slap. While the two have refrained from giving interviews to the media, they have also apparently refrained from speaking to some of their industry peers. In a recent interview with People, Vivica A. Fox revealed that she hasn’t spoken to Jada since calling her out on The Wendy Williams Show. “I think they’re really going through a healing period right now,” she told the news outlet. “I just hope we all get away from the incident and learn that it must never happen again, especially on a stage of this magnitude.”
This isn’t the first time Fox has shared their two cents regarding Will and Jada. Back in 2020, the “Ella Enchanted” star praised the couple for being “transparent” after the two discussed the “entanglement” controversy on Red Table Talk in 2020. “These are grown people right there. Relationships are tough,” she told She Knows. “The fact that they’ve been very transparent with their relationship and, I guess you could say, a bad time in their relationship that they shared that with us … it worked.” Only time will tell if Fox and Jada will reconnect.