The actress appeared to confront the Oscars snub.
Pinkett Smith appeared to discuss the event on her Emmy-winning Facebook Watch show, “Red Table Talk,” over a month after her husband, Will Smith, slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards.
The show delivered a statement from Pinkett Smith, who told fans in an on-screen text that her family has been working on “deep healing” with the release of the first episode of its fifth season, which features Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe.
“Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing,” Pinkett Smith wrote. “Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls.”
“Until then… the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring, and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest,” she continued in the message. “Thanks for joining us, Janelle.”
According to a report by Variety, it’s unclear why the episode aired late on Wednesday, at 12 p.m. PT, rather than the regular 9 a.m. PT. It’s also unclear whether Monáe’s talk with the Red Table ladies — Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, and Willow Smith — was shot before the Academy Awards, as several of the episodes were.
Following the infamous Oscars slap, Pinkett Smith was in the headlines due to a joke comedian Rock made about Pinkett Smith starring in a nonexistent sequel to “G.I. Jane,” a 1997 film starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head for the part, as the first woman to undergo Navy SEAL training. Because of Pinkett Smith’s bald head, Rock most likely made the joke.
As per abc11, the actress has been open about her battle with alopecia, an autoimmune illness that damages hair follicles, since she was diagnosed with alopecia. She opened up about her hair loss in an Instagram post in December.
Smith renounced his Academy membership on April 1 following the Oscars incident, and the Academy also banned the actor from any academy event or program for ten years, including the Oscars.