No one puts Will Smith in the corner! After he stormed onto the stage during the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock in the face, Hollywood insiders predicted the incident could spell the end of Smith’s career. But just months after the infamous slap that was heard around the world, Smith is slowly returning to the public spotlight.
Rock’s jokes about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness had pushed Smith over the edge. She lost her hair while suffering from alopecia, which Rock was reportedly unaware of at the time. “The joke was funny. It wasn’t hilariously funny, but I know if he knew she had alopecia, he wouldn’t be joking about it,” the comedian’s brother Kenny Rock told People. Smith was immediately contrite at his behavior. He took to social media to apologize for his actions and tried unsuccessfully to speak to Rock directly to tell him he was sorry.
But it seems Rock Smith will never forgive himself for tying his name to an event the pop culture world will never forget. “It sucks that it’s a part of his life forever now,” a source told Hollywood Life. The actor paid the price for his bad behavior. Smith was hit with an Oscar ban that prevented him from attending any Academy Awards-related events for ten years. And NME reported that he lost film projects left, right and center. Despite this, he managed to keep his sense of humor. In fact, Smith’s jokes are going strong in his return to social media.
Will Smith is crawling back into the spotlight
Will Smith seems ready to put the past behind him and move on in life. Smith has emerged from the Oscars fallout with a new mindset. “Will is in a really good place, as good as it can be at this stage,” a source told Us Weekly. They said he felt like he had “a huge weight [been] off his shoulders.” Smith is optimistic about the future and ready to get back there.
Well, one thing’s for sure, his sense of humor is back with a bang, and Smith’s quips are going strong in his return to social media. A recent Instagram video had the actor’s fans crawling on the floor laughing – which is ironic since the video included a tarantula crawling on the floor, though not laughing. It all started after Will and his son Trey Smith spotted the giant arachnid sauntering across the floorboards.
“What the hell? That’s a giant spider!” exclaimed Will. And he certainly wasn’t kidding at this point. He delegated Trey to be the tarantula whisperer. “You’re young and strong,” Will told him. “You can handle the bite.” It took three men to finally remove the giant creepy beast, something Jada Pinkett Smith could probably have done on her own — just saying. “We’re selling the house,” Will decreed. The video received over 900,000 likes and thousands of comments in one day. “Welcome back,” wrote one fan.