Jada Pinkett Smith recently opened up about the state of her marriage with actor Will Smith in her newly released memoir, "Worthy." Surprisingly, the couple has been leading separate lives since 2016, although they are not officially divorced. Jada, who battles alopecia, shared her perspective on the controversial moment when Will slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars in response to a joke about her shaved head. Initially, she believed it was part of a skit, expressing, "I thought, 'This is a skit.' I was like, 'There's no way that Will hit him.' It wasn't until Will started to walk back to his chair that I even realized it wasn't a skit."
Upon Will's return to his seat, Jada's immediate concern was his well-being, asking, "Are you okay?" Despite the publicized incident, she expressed her deepest hope for reconciliation, emphasizing, "My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile."
In additional Will Smith news, Tommy Davidson, a guest on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast, disclosed a past confrontation with Will on the set of the movie "Woo." According to Davidson, Will took issue with a kissing scene between him and Jada, confronting him in the trailer. Davidson tried to diffuse the situation, suggesting they step aside and talk.
Switching gears to other entertainment news, Sherri Shepherd dropped a bombshell on her show, claiming that the late Barbara Walters had a romantic encounter with Richard Pryor. Shepherd revealed that legendary comic Paul Mooney shared this gossip with her. Allegedly, Mooney walked in on Walters and Pryor in the act. This revelation adds another layer to Walters' romantic history, as she had previously acknowledged an affair with then-Senator Edward Brooke in the '70s.
Lastly, Tyrese finds himself in legal trouble as he faces a $10 million defamation and libel lawsuit from "Fast and Furious" director Bryan Barber. The dispute centers around Tyrese's alleged spreading of untruthful information from a video footage interview with Charlamagne on The Breakfast Club in 2019. Barber claims that Tyrese attacked his character and reputation and is seeking substantial damages. Tyrese contends that Barber refused to release the footage for $35K, and Barber's people advised against its release to protect him. The legal battle unfolds, adding drama to the world of Hollywood.