By Sandra Rose  | 

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Will Smith lost his cool and slapped presenter Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscar Awards live telecast on Sunday night.

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The A-list actor won his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "King Richard", but his big achievement was marred when he slapped the Oscar Awards presenter earlier in the evening.

Smith shed tears before apologizing for slapping Rock. "Love will make you do crazy things," he said.

The incident unfolded after Rock cracked a "G.I. Jane" joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia, Smith defended his wife's honor by slapping Rock's face.

Rock was momentarily stunned, but he recovered quickly.

"Wow! Wow! Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me!" Rock told the stunned audience.

Will sat back down in the front row and yelled, "Keep my wife's name out your f****ing mouth!"

Rock responded, "Wow, dude. It was a G.I. Jane joke."

Smith repeated his warning: "Keep my wife's name out your f****ing mouth!"

"I'm going to, OK?" Rock told the furious actor.

Below is the censored version seen on American TV and the uncensored version that was seen around the world.
 

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Director Tyler Perry (right) shared some advice and encouraging words with Smith afterwards.

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Twitter users guessed that Smith really wanted to slap Laverne Cox for being messy and bringing up his wife's entanglement at the 2022 SAG Awards last month. But Smith played it cool and, instead, took out his frustration on Rock.

Cox made the situation worse by refusing to apologize to the Smiths the next day.