One day after Rock mocked Pinkett Smith's bald head at the awards show — which resulted in Smith storming the stage and slapping the comedian before shouting: "Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth" — an insider told TMZ the funnyman had no idea she had alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes hair to fall out.
(Pinkett Smith first revealed she was diagnosed with alopecia in 2018, admitting at the time that it was “terrifying when it first started.")
Despite Rock's low-blow joke, an insider maintained to the outlet that he "doesn't have a mean bone in his body."
The headline-making encounter between Rock and Smith went down when the Grown Ups star went to present the award for Best Original Documentary.
"Jada, can’t wait for G.I. Jane 2," Rock said on stage, comparing Demi Moore's character in the film, in which she sported a buzz cut, to Pinkett Smith's shaved head. The actress could be seen rolling her eyes at Rock's joke while her husband let out a laugh before storming the stage, as he saw the mother of children was visibly upset over the remark.
Smith left the audience and viewers speechless when he walked up to Rock and slapped him across the face. The uncensored encounter left Rock "shaken and bewildered," per the TMZ source, as he tried to resume presenting the award.
And while Diddy claimed at an after party that everything between Smith and Rock is cool, saying: "That’s not a problem. That’s over," the TMZ insider revealed they have yet to speak following the incident.
Meanwhile, it seems Smith didn't let Rock's words ruin his night after taking home the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard, as he was seen dancing to his own song "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" at the Vanity Fair after party with a crowd cheering him on.