“I just…” – Serena Williams breaks silence on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock for making Jada Pinkett hair jokes

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams with sister Venus and the whole Williams family had a fantastic day at the Oscars as ' King Richard ', the biopic drama about Richard Williams father and trainer of the Williams sisters won an Oscar. Will-Smith , who played the lead role, won the Oscar in the "Best Actor" category.

The film released in 2021 proved to be both a commercial and critical success for telling the story of the Williams family and how Richard's courage and determination saw Serena and Venus conquer the world of tennis. Smith had previously been nominated for the category multiple times but was unable to win one, but his nearly 3-decade wait finally came to an end at the 2022 Oscars.

The ceremony was marred, however, by a sudden loss of temper for Smith who took the stage and slapped host Chris Rock for remarks made about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith . While the others in the room were enjoying Rock's act of taking digs on some film industry colleagues, a remark Chris made about Jada's hair loss didn't sit well with Will who took the stage and punched Chris. in the face while yelling at it. his way to the seat, "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth" .

Venus and Serena were both in the audience as they were also supposed to be presenters for an award later. However, with the Will-Chris incident, Serena was speechless, showing her reaction through her Instagram story. In the next story, she couldn't understand much and just said, "I just sat down" before cheers and back clapping drowned out her sentence.

Will Smith thanks Venus and Serena Williams in his acceptance speech

Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Will Smith
Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Will Smith

On winning the prestigious award, Will made sure to thank everyone for their help and effort. The list included the entire cast and crew of the King Richard film and the American made it a point to thank the entire Williams family for their confidence that they could do justice to Richard Williams' role in the drama. .

However, Will didn't comment on his incident with Chris and just made a sly remark at the end saying, "I hope the Academy calls me back next year." With speculation about what action the Academy will take against Will for his actions, it will be a waiting situation if Will is fined or stripped of his award or denied entry/nomination again because he has violated the code of conduct at the Oscars.