This comes two months after Smith walked onstage during the awards ceremony and slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face over a joke Rock made about Pinkett Smith’s baldness. In the latest episode of Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk show, she addressed the disease that has caused her hair loss: alopecia.
“This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia. Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories,” Pinkett Smith said. “I’m using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition and to inform people about what alopecia actually is.”
Pinkett Smith went on to call both Rock and her husband “intelligent, capable men” with “an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile.” Smith later apologized to Rock in an Instagram post. Rock refused to press charges against Smith after the incident.
“The state of the world today, we need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever,” Pinkett Smith said of the two men. “Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called ‘life’ together,” she continued. “Thank you for listening.”
Later on in the episode, Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow interviewed Adrienne Banfield-Norris, the mother of a 12-year-old daughter with alopecia who died by suicide.
As a result of the slap, Smith was banned from the Oscars for a decade.