Will Smith appeared to become visibly emotional as he opened up — for one of the first times in public — about slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.
In a lengthy interview with “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah on Monday, Smith recalled one particular moment of the “horrific night” when he struck Rock for mocking his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, onstage.
Smith remembered arriving home to his 9-year-old nephew, who’d stayed up late to watch the ceremony in which Smith later won the Best Actor award for “King Richard.”
“We’re sitting in my kitchen, he’s on my lap and he’s holding the Oscar and he’s like, ‘Why’d you hit that man, Uncle Will?’” Smith recalled.
“Why you trying to Oprah me?” Smith joked to Noah as he dabbed his eyes.