Chris Rock insulted Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars before he was slapped by Will Smith at Sunday’s ceremony.
Rock’s provocation in 2016 created an “unpleasant” and “painful history” with the movie star, who took to the stage after making a joke about Pinkett-Smith at this year’s awards ceremony. Slap Locke. An unnamed source told PEOPLE that Smith was “still pissed off” by the previous remark.
Rock took aim at the absent Pinkett-Smith when she hosted the 2016 awards after she declared she would boycott the ceremony because the nominees were all white.
“Jada said she wasn’t coming. I was like, ‘Isn’t she doing a TV show? Jada is going to boycott the Oscars?'” Rock, the emcee at the time, began. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like I boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”