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Leslie Jones Reveals That Chris Rock Went For Counseling Over Will Smith’s Infamous Oscar Slap

BY Abena Dzaka November 17, 2023 2:57 PM EDT
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Will Smith still makes headlines even after a year following his bizarre outburst leading to Chris Rock getting slapped at the Oscars.

The unexpected action, many months on, begged the question of whether Will rather than Chris needed counseling after the unfortunate incident and comedian Leslie Jones shared her thoughts.

It is evident that since the slap, Will’s life has never been the same, with the latest revelations from his friend, Brother Bilaal, and wife, Jada.

A few months after the Oscar incident, Jones stated succinctly in an interview with People magazine: “That shit was humiliating.” That gave him pause.”

“People must comprehend his daughters; his parents witnessed it. She went on, bringing up Rock’s daughters Lola, 21, and Zahra, 19. “He had to go to counseling with his daughters,” she said.

The incident, which happened after Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith, has been discussed by Rock himself.

During his Netflix comedy special, Selective Outrage, Rock declared, “I’m not a victim. You won’t ever see me sobbing and saying, ‘I couldn’t believe it,’ on Oprah or Gayle. I adore black men.”

Jones praised Rock for discussing the altercation onstage and for writing the foreword to her new memoir. Everyone became enraged when he performed a special. Comedians perform that, according to Jones. “We fucking go talk about it on the fucking stage instead of us going crazy.”

Smith resigned from the Academy and was prohibited from attending the ceremony for ten years after the slap saga.

“It really enraged me. You’re not aware that I was going to hop in my car and drive up to the Oscars in 2022,” Jones remarked. “I was furious on a lot of levels. For ages, I was just angry. A fucking joke was made by Chris Rock. I also know Will. You couldn’t handle that shit afterward, I said. The Oscars are this. Everyone on the planet is observing,” said Jones.

Although Chris hasn’t stated how his family feels about the slap, Rose Rock, Chris’s mother, has responded bluntly: “He [Will Smith] really slapped me. When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us.”

Tony Rock, Chris’ brother, and their mother both received a direct apology from Smith in his July 2022 apology video.