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Will Smith Hails Himself As Coward In David Letterman Interview Before Controversial Oscars Slap

Will SmithHollywood news and updates tease that Will Smith talked about family and career during David Letterman interview before the controversial Oscars slap.

During the 94th annual Academy Awards, Chris Rock was one of the presenters and he happened to make a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head that was due to extreme hair loss or alopecia. However, the “Girls Trip” star wasn’t delighted by the statement, which led Will Smith to climb up on stage and slap the Saturday Night Live (SNL) alum in front of the crowd.

A day after the incident, the “King Richard” actor posted an apology statement on his social media account for showing “unacceptable and inexcusable” behavior at the Oscars. He publicly apologized to Chris Rock, the Williams family, his “King Richards” family, and the people behind the Academy for his wrong and “out of line” action. However, despite the public apology statement, the altercation resulted in Will Smith being banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years.

Will Smith – Says ‘Protection And Safety Is An Illusion’

Before the controversial slap happened, Will Smith got to sit and talk in Season 4 of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” and he talked about his family and career. Before his episode started, a disclaimer was written: “The episode was recorded prior to the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony.”

The “Gemini Man” star shared his realizations, saying that there’s no amount of wealth or any material things that can give somebody real happiness. When asked about the protection and safety of his family, he said, “You can’t protect your family, right? That’s not real. Protection and safety are an illusion. You have to learn to live with the reality that at any moment, anything can be gone in one second.” Smith also called himself a “coward” when he was not able to protect his mom from the abuse of his father during his younger years.

Will Smith – Knows About His ‘Destroyed’ Career

During his interview, Will Smith also mentioned the psychological effect that happened to him when he took a psychoactive herbal drink, in which he saw his money, his home, and career flying away from him. “My whole life is getting destroyed,” he told David Letterman.

However, when he heard his daughter, Willow Smith, calling him out for help, he suddenly stopped thinking about his wealth, his house, and his career, and started focusing on Willow. This made him realize that his family is the one that truly matters. “When I came out of it, I realized that anything that happens in my life, I can handle it,” he said.

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