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James Corden poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith in a skit for ‘The Late Late Show’ days after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The skit began with Corden and other members of the show discussing how to cover the 94th Academy Awards. While most of the members wanted to focus on the big moments — such as “CODA” winning Best Picture — some thought the focus should be on the Pinkett Smith joke that led to Smith slapping Rock in the face.
“Or we could talk about the thing everyone is talking about,” one guy said.
“No, you saw what happened. We need to talk about something else,” Corden said.
VIDEO SHOWS JADA PINKETT SMITH LAUGHING AT CHRIS ROCK JOKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER WILL SMITH’S SLAP AT THE OSCARS
“James, we have to at least acknowledge…” another producer chimed in before Corden replied, “No, we’re not talking about Jada. No, no, no.”
Then the comedian burst into the song, changing the lyrics to “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto.” The film won the Oscar for best animated film on Sunday evening.
Viewers weren’t thrilled with the joke in the aftermath of the Oscars drama.
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“I’m voting for James Corden to be punched at the next Academy Awards,” said one social media user. wrote on Twitter.
“James Corden is so unfunny it’s ridiculous. The ‘we’re not talking about jada’ segment really”, another user wrote.
“I watched James Corden’s video, we’re not talking about jada, it’s as bad as you think,” another added.
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Corden also commented on Smith’s slap, saying the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor “can’t take a joke.”
“Seriously, I applaud Chris Rock for recovering, for keeping the show moving. It was an incredibly worthy response.
“I’ll say this, Will Smith can’t take a joke, Chris Rock can take a punch”, the late night show said the host. “A jaw of steel. Incredible !
Smith has since apologized to Rock for slapping the comedian via Instagram.