Jada, who recently revealed she quietly split from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor in 2016, said she was shocked by Will’s remark because they ‘hadn’t called each other husband and wife in a long time’ at the point.
Reflecting on that infamous moment, the 52-year-old told Hoda Kotb in an NBC News primetime special: ‘First of all, I’m really shocked, because mind you, I’m not there. We haven’t called each other husband and wife in a long time.
‘I’m like, “What is going on right now? Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth” I’m really worried for Will because I don’t know what’s going on.’
Will, who was given a 10-year ban from the Oscars, later apologised to Chris and admitted he was ’embarrassed’ by his actions.
Chris, meanwhile, addressed the situation during his Netflix stand-up special Chris Rock: Selective Outrage and roasted the former couple, making references to Jada’s bombshell admission in 2020 that she had an ‘entanglement’ with singer August Alsina.
‘Will Smith practices selective outrage. Everybody that really knows knows I had nothing to do with that s***. I didn’t have any entanglements,’ the Everybody Hates Chris creator joked.
It comes after the Scream 2 actress confirmed that she had secretly separated from Will in 2016 and have been living different lives over the past even years.
During a sit-down, titled Jada’s Story – an NBC News Special, which is broadcasting on Friday (October 13), the Red Table Talk host reveals why they decided to call time on their marriage, explaining that they have ‘divorced’ but not on paper.
Discussing why their romance fractured, she says: ‘A lot of things…
‘I think by the time we got to 2016, we were just exhausted with trying. I think we were both just still stuck in our fantasy of what we thought the other person should be.
‘I made a promise that there will never be a reason for us to get a divorce. We will work through whatever. And I just haven’t been able to break that promise.’
Jada first met Will in 1994 and they started dating the following year, after his marriage to Sheree Zampino – who he shares son Trey with – ended.
They took their romance to the next level in 1997 when they walked down the aisle in an intimate ceremony, before welcoming son Jaden and daughter Willow together.
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