Will Smith left the audience at the Oscars in shock after he got up on stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock.

The 53 year old actor, who was awarded best actor for his depiction of Venus and Serena Williams’ father in King Richard, lashed out at the comedian at the 94th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles following a reference to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Chris, 57, teased Jada, 50, over her look, as he said he couldn't wait to see her in the next 'G.I. Jane' movie which appeared to be a reference to her shaved head despite the actress opening up about having alopecia and struggling with hair loss since 2018.

However this is not the first time that Will has been angered by stand-up comedian Chris.

Chris hosted the Oscars in 2016 and also got into hot water with the actor after he included Jada in his opening monologue.

Jada did not attend the Oscar's ceremony in 2016 after boycotting the ceremony following the lack of diverse nominees with her husband Will failing to receive acknowledgment for best actor in NFL film Concussion.

Referencing Jada in his opening speech, Chris said: "Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited!

"Jada is mad her man Will was not nominated for Concussion I get it, I get it. Tell the truth, I get it, I get it. You get mad.

"She said: 'It is not fair that Will was this good and didn't get nominated.' You are right. It is also not fair Will was paid $20million for Wild Wild West okay?"

Two years later, Chris and Will appeared to clash again.

In November 2018 Will shared a throwback snap to his Instagram followers of his ex-wife Sheree and their son Trey Smith.

Will penned: "Happy Bday, @shereezampino. #BestBabyMamaEver! :-). I Love You, Ree-Ree."

However Chris commented: "Wow. You have a very understanding wife."

Sheree, who was married to Will between 1992 and 1995, added: "Don't hate."

Later in the evening, during his acceptance speech for Best Actor, which he was awarded for the critically-acclaimed film King Richard, Will had finally appeared to calm down.

The star apologised for his behaviour towards Chris earlier in the live ceremony, but he also referenced his character Richard Williams as being a "fierce defender" of his family.

“Art imitates life,” he went on. “I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things," Will finished with an apology to the Academy and the nominees.

Following the incident, Chris attempted to laugh it off and continued presenting the gong for Best Documentary.

Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs then took to the stage to present next, and he addressed the awkward moment straight away, encouraging: "Will and Chris, we’re going to solve this like family. Right now we’re moving on with love. Everybody make some noise."

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