Wednesday, October 4, 2023

2023 Oscars to Address Will Smith’s Memorable Slap of Chris Rock in a Comedic Manner

At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith made headlines by slapping Chris Rock on stage after a joke about his wife’s alopecia diagnosis. Later that night, Smith apologized for his reaction during his acceptance speech for Best Actor and publicly via social media the following day.

In a recent press conference, Oscars executive producer Molly McNearney shared that this year’s ceremony will comically reference the incident without making it the focal point of the show. However, as Will Smith resigned from the Academy following the slap, it would be impossible to ignore it entirely.

“We will address it, but we don’t want to dwell on it. Our approach will be humorous and light-hearted,” McNearney stated.

Will Smith and Chris Rock, read on to learn how the 2023 Oscars plan to handle this memorable moment during the show.

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