Vivica A. Fox reacts emotionally to Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘smug’ comments about Oscar slaps

Vivica A. Fox and Jada Pinkett Smith

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Vivica A. Fox held back tears as she discussed Jada Pinkett Smith’s comments about her husband Will Smith fanning Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars.

on Thursday’s episode Wendy Williams, The 57-year-old actress said Jada “does not take any responsibility” for her involvement in Wednesday’s incident red table talk.

“It’s hard for me. These are my peers. I’ve done movies with them. turn it off with Jada and independence Day Will Smith, this has absolutely changed my life. When I saw this video last night it made me cry and I’ll be honest with you guys,” she shared emotionally.

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“I really felt like being a partner with Will Smith, his career basically fell apart that night,” she added. “We were all behind Will Smith that night — Oscar night — and we wanted him to win. As far as I’m concerned, Will Smith will be crowned the Sidney Poitiers of this generation that night, and it’s a huge honor.”

Fox then opened up about why she felt Jada, 50, played a role in the incident, which occurred after Rock joked that Jada’s shaved head caused Will to walk on stage and attack the comedian.

“Will Smith was defending her honor and that’s why he came on stage and slapped him because he felt offended by his wife, so I don’t think it’s a responsibility as a partner,” she explained. “Also, let’s not forget that Chris Rock got beat up. We can’t forget, because basically told a joke that I thought was a good one.”

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She continued, “Let’s not forget the show is executive produced by African American Will Packer. Tonight is African American night, black and black diversity night. Now forever covered in wounds.”

Fox wants Will and Jada to take more responsibility for their actions after the incident.

“I love the Smiths. I know their kids. I watch them grow up,” she said. “I just wish we could be more responsible and make Jada seem less self-righteous, that’s how I feel.”

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Chris Rock

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Chris Rock

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on Wednesday red table talkJada said directly to the audience, “About Oscar night. My deepest hope is that these two smart and capable men have a chance to heal, speak up, and reconcile.”

“In the state of the world today, we all need them, and we actually need each other more than ever,” girls trip The actress continued.

“Until then, Will and I will continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years – which is [to] Go ahead and figure out what it’s called living together. Thanks for listening,” Jada concluded.

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Wilin, 53, was banned by the Academy from future ceremonies and related events for 10 years when he punched Rock, 57, on stage at the awards ceremony in March, when the comedian made a joke that touched on Jada appearance. The actress has hair loss.

Since the incident, Will – he has king richardA public apology has been made to Locke, saying he was “emotional” because “jokes about Jada’s medical condition were unbearable to me.”

former Fresh Prince Bel Air The star also resigned from the academy. Will then traveled to India to practice yoga and meditation, a source told PEOPLE last month.

Two days after the incident, Jada broke her social media silence with a message on her Instagram grid that read: “It’s a healing season and I’m here for it.”

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