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Will Smith needed a helping hand from his 29-year-old son Trey as they caught a tarantula while at their home in Southern California in a clip shared to Will’s Instagram account on Saturday as he returned to social media waters after the infamous Academy. The awards slam in March.
Smith, 53, looked terrified as he filmed his eldest son capturing the huge spider under a glass bowl in a post titled ‘Posting this from a Holiday Inn’.
“What the whole h–l. It’s a big a– spider,” Smith said before his son reassured him, “It’s a tarantula.”
The Oscar-winning actor only recently returned to the platform after taking a break from social media following the Oscars broadcast in March during which he took the stage and slapped Chris Rock during the live stream . Rock had just finished telling a joke aimed at Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
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Smith and Trey, whose co-parenting responsibilities he shares with his ex-wife, Sheree Zampino, fought amongst themselves over who should really take responsibility for catching the spider.
“I’m in a chair,” Smith said in the video. “Okay Trey, you gotta get this out of here. Come on.”
Smith added: “You are young and strong. You can take the bite.”
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Trey turned to the camera, stunned, but acted fearless and grabbed the eight-legged creature from under a glass bowl. Smith then tried to slip a piece of paper underneath, so they could move the spider outside.
“We take turns,” he assured his son. “We’re a team… OK, he’s quick.”
Their late-night fling wasn’t quite over, and Smith was done trying to move the tarantula, saying, “I don’t like it at all. We’re selling the house.”
Will was married to Trey’s mother, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Sheree Zampino, for three years before divorcing in 1995.
The ‘Bad Boys’ star has largely stayed away from the public since the Oscars incident in March, where he stormed the stage and punched Rock after the comedian joked about being bald of Jada in reference to “GI Jane”. Pinkett Smith had already talked about her fight against alopeciaan autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
Shortly after the slap, Smith received the Best Actor award for his work in “King Richard.”
After the ordeal, Smith announced his resignation from the Academy in a statement provided to Fox News Digital, saying he had “betrayed the confidence of the Academy”. Smith was then banned from attending Oscar events and shows for 10 years.
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“I have directly responded to the academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct,” he said.
“My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance and the global audience at home. I betrayed the trust of the academy.”
In July, Smith filmed a YouTube video digging deeper into the event, where he revealed he reached out to Rock to talk about the incident, but claimed the comedian wasn’t ready to sit down with him. He also spent the five-minute video apologizing to Rock and others – including the comedians’ mother, Rose Rock.
For his part, Chris used the slap has a talking point during his most recent “Ego Death World Tour,” and compared Smith to former Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, who serves currently a 28 years in prison after pleading uncontested to voluntary manslaughter in 2018 following a fatal confrontation in Los Angeles in 2015.
“Everybody’s trying to be a fucking victim,” Rock said via People magazine. “If everyone pretends to be a victim, then no one will hear from the real victims. Even me, I get slapped by Suge Smith… I went to work the next day, I have children.”
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” he added, words he echoed in a previous show while on a recent tour with Kevin Hart on “Only Headliners Allowed”, a show where Dave Chappelle also appeared.
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