Just days after Chris Rock blasted Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith on his live Netflix special Selective Outrage, sources close to Jada are claiming Rock is ‘obsessed’ with her.
Many fans already criticized Rock, 58, for choosing Pinkett Smith’s hometown of Baltimore to film his special, where he addressed Smith’s Oscar slap, Jada’s ‘entanglement’ with August Alsina and much, much more.
Now a source close to Pinkett Smith, 51, has claimed to People that Rock has been ‘obsessed’ with Jada for decades, adding she has nothing to do with the drama.
‘Jada has had no part in all of this other than being heckled. Chris is obsessed with her and that’s been going on for almost 30 years,’ the source claims.
‘Look where he chose to film his Netflix special. Her hometown [of Baltimore]. Obsessed,’ the source added.
Part of the special featured Rock making fun of Jada for asking him not to host the Oscars after he was snubbed for his performance in 2015’s Concussion.
‘Years ago, his wife said I should quit the Oscars. I shouldn’t host ’cause her man didn’t get nominated for Concussion. And then he gives me a f***ing concussion,’ Rock said during the special.
The source close to Jada disputes this, claiming, ‘She never asked Chris to not host ever. She publicly said in a Facebook post at the time Chris would be a great Oscars host and is perfect for the job.’
‘Back in 2016 she helped start a movement with the Academy Awards by questioning why there are so few Black members, and Chris took it to this?’ the source added.
Rock also said in the special that, ‘I did some jokes about her. Who gives a f**k? That’s how it is: She starts it, I finish it,” Rock said.
‘That’s what the f**k happened. Nobody’s pickin’ on this b*tch. She started this s**t. Nobody was pickin’ on her,’ Rock said in the 90-minute special.
The source claimed Jada was, ‘shocked at how many times Chris used the word b*tch in referring to Jada.’
Jada is looking to move on from the drama, with the source adding, ‘Right now Jada is focused on her book that will come out this year.’
It’s been nearly one year since Jada’s husband of over 25 years Will Smith calmly walked on the Oscar stage and slapped Rock across the face, after he made a joke about Jada’s bald head, long after she announced she has alopecia.
Smith then proceeded to yell from his seat near the stage, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!’ before winning his first Oscar for King Richard.
Smith publicly apologized to Rock and his fans several times, though he resigned from the Academy and was banned from all activities and events for 10 years.
Still, Rock had yet to address the slap until the special, with sources now claiming that Smith has, ‘felt terrible for so long’ about the slap and has failed to make amends with Rock.
‘He’s tried unsuccessfully to make amends in the best way he could with Chris,’ the source added.
‘But beyond that, family is important to him and [Smith] leaned on them,’ after the slap, the source added.
‘It all has helped him look inside and mature. He is better but still remorseful. Will listened to those who tried to help him and feels that he has become a better person,’ the source contends.
Neither Will Smith nor Jada Pinkett Smith have publicly commented on anything Chris Rock said in his Selective Outrage special that aired live on Netflix Saturday.