Here is a timeline of everything he's said about Smith and the incident since it happened two weeks ago.
March 29 - How would he have reacted?
The comedian had an unexpected responseTwitter
His first public reaction came when he spoke about what would have happened if he were in Rock's shoes during the ceremony. After being asked by a fan on Twitter, he had a pretty clear answer.
"You're basically asking if he would slap a much heavier, angrier, drunker man,” Gervais replied, implying his reaction would have been very different indeed...
April 1 - The joke Rock ‘should have told’
Gervais hasn't held back since the ceremonyGetty
Gervais revealed the Jada Pinkett joke he would've told instead at the Oscars a few days after the news broke, and it didn’t relate to her hair at all.
In a report from the Mirror, Gervais, who was testing new material at a show in London's Highgate, said that he didn't have any "Will Smith material", and wanted to know why his name trended when he didn't attend the awards.
"What has it got to do with me? People were going, 'What would have happened if Ricky Gervais had been doing it (hosting Oscars)?'" he told the outlet before saying he wouldn't make a joke about Pinkett Smith's hair.
"I would have made a joke about her boyfriend," he said.
In June 2020, Pinkett Smith made headlines when R&B singer August Alsina claimed that he was in a relationship with her. She later confirmed they were in an "entanglement."
April 7 – Defending Rock’s joke
Gervais later defended Rock for “joking about [Jada Pinkett Smith’s] disability” with his “GI Jane” Oscars quip.
Defending Rock’s “tame” joke, Gervais began by saying: “You don’t hit someone over a joke, however bad it is – and it wasn’t bad!
“That was like the tamest joke I would’ve ever told,” the 60-year-old told his followers.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,” Rock had joked during the ceremony, in an apparent reference to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith stated last year that she shaved her head after struggling with alopecia.
April 8 – The 'good behaviour' gag
Hopefully, he'll only do 6 years with good behaviour.https://twitter.com/THR/status/1512504707595620363\u00a0\u2026