Vivica Fox has accused Jada Pinkett Smith of “failing to take responsibility” for the incident in which her husband, Will Smith, slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
On Thursday’s episode of The Wendy Williams, The 57-year-old actress said she fought back tears listening to the latest episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.
In the episode, Pinkett Smith spoke about the night of the Oscars.
She commented: “My deepest hope is that these two intelligent and capable men have a chance to heal, talk about this and reconcile.”
“The state of the world today, we need you both. And we all need each other more than ever. Until then, Will and I will do what we’ve done for the last 28 years and discover this thing we call life together. Thanks for listening”.
A day after the new Pinkett Smith episode aired, Fox commented, “This is going to be hard for me. These are my colleagues. I’ve made a movie with each one. ‘Set It Off’ with Jada and ‘Independence Day’ with Will Smith, both of which completely changed my life.”
“When I saw this video last night, it made me cry, I’ll be very honest with you.”
“I really related to Will Smith, whose career basically fell apart that night. We were all rooting for Will Smith that night, the night of the Oscars, we wanted him to win.”
She added: “Will Smith that night, as far as I’m concerned, was going to be crowned this generation’s Sidney Poitier, which is a huge honour.”
Fox explained why he thinks Pinkett Smith should also be held accountable for the incident, which shocked Hollywood and prompted Will Smith to resign from the Academy.
Will Smith was defending his honor [de Pinkett Smith], that’s the reason why he went on stage and slapped, because he felt that his wife had been offended, so I don’t see responsibility as a partner, “said Fox. “Also, let’s not forget, Chris Rock was assaulted. We can’t forget that just by telling a joke that I really felt wasn’t that bad.”
the star of Set It Off He ended by assuring that he has a lot of “love for the Smiths”.
“I know your children. I’ve watched them grow up,” she added. “I just wish we could take a little more responsibility and that it doesn’t seem so hypocritical of Jada and those are my feelings.”
The Independent contacted Pinkett Smith’s representative for comment.