“Saturday Night Live” immediately jumped into the week-long Will Smith controversy, mocking how the “Fresh Prince” appeared to turn into a different person Sunday evening at the Oscars when he abruptly got up on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face over a joke about his wife.
In an Oscars sketch, host Jerrod Carmichael plays a seat filler who is given the chance to meet one of his heroes, Will Smith, played by Chris Redd. The two begin a pleasant, pleasant conversation, and the filler asks Smith for a selfie when the audio of Chris Rock’s “G.I. Jane 2” joke about Smith’s bald spouse suddenly plays.
“Hey, I’ll be right back man,” Smith replies, panning out of the body before a loud “slap” sound stuns Carmichael before he returns to his seat and resumes the discussion as if nothing happened.
Smith stops the conversation with the now-famous outburst, “Keep my wife’s name out your f—cking mouth!” He smiles and says to the filler, “Man, I love the Oscars, man,” before repeating the word.
Chris Redd, a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” played Will Smith in the sketch.
Kyle Mooney, another seat filler, sits down after a visit to the restroom, having escaped the slap.
“Oh my God, we’re right next to Will Smith. I got to tweet this. Whoa, and he’s trending,” he says, pulling out his telephone and apparently seeing the clip. “Oh my god,” he says, appalled.
Smith tries to introduce himself and keep the informal conversation going, but each of the fillers is clearly afraid of the actor.
“Richard Williams was a fierce protector of his family,” Smith abruptly yells, referencing the function he performed that received him the Oscar for Finest Actor. “I’m going to say that in my speech, man,” he tells the seat fillers.
Carmichael, a standup comedian, joked in his opening monologue about how the slap scandal is all over the place.
“Isn’t it kind of crazy — it feels like we’ve been talking about it for so long,” he stated. “That is going to blow your thoughts — are you able to consider it’s been six days? This occurred every week in the past. Doesn’t it really feel prefer it occurred years in the past? Like doesn’t it really feel prefer it occurred after we have been all in high school?
“It happened on Sunday. It’s Saturday, bro.”
“By Wednesday, I wanted to kill myself,” he joked.
Jerrod Carmichael’s monologue was packed with jokes about the slap that went viral throughout the world.
“But Friday, I made a vow to myself that I would never ever talk about it again. Then Lorne came into my dressing room. He was like ‘I think you need to talk about it.’ He said the nation needs to heal,” he stated to laughter from the gang.
Michael Che and Colin Jost of Weekend Update couldn’t help themselves from laughing about the “slap heard ’round the world,” devoting nearly 5 minutes of their segment to the incident.
Jost, who is married to Scarlett Johansson, a two-time Academy Award nominee, suggested that the smack may have private ramifications.
Colin Jost, anchor of “Weekend Update,” compared the Oscars’ chaos to Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime performance.
“Will Smith, for those of you who don’t know, walked on stage during the academy awards and slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, which I think was a disgraceful act that sets a terrible precedent for having to defend your wife at awards shows,” he stated.
“I think we should just acknowledge that that is one of the craziest things we will ever see in our lives. It’s truly like the Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, but if Janet’s nipple slapped Timberlake,” Jost joked.