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'SNL' mocks Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscars slap

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'SNL' mocks Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscars slap
Jerodd Carmichael (L) and Chris Redd on "Saturday Night Live." Photo by Will Heath/NBC

April 3 (UPI) -- Saturday Night Live didn't shy away from the most talked about entertainment news story of the week -- Will Smith's slapping of SNL alum Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony.

Chris Redd played Smith as an affable guy happy to chat with a seat-filler (Jerrod Carmichael) until Rock makes a joke about Smith's wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

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The sketch shows Smith getting up from his seat, heading to the stage where he hits Rock off camera, then sits back down and resumes his conversation with the shocked seat filler.

He pauses in the discussion to scream profanities at Rock, then keeps smiling and talking with his fan, who awkwardly admits he no longer wants to take a selfie with Smith.

"The last couple of years have been crazy with COVID, Zoom meetings, the Red Table Talk," Smith said emotionally, referring to Pinkett Smith's streaming talk show.

As the seat filler's phone goes off with a ring tone set to Smith's hit song, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," Smith gets a wild-eyed look and, grinning, declares, "Everything's normal, y'all!" and starts dancing.

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