Monday, April 22, 2024

Will Smith Media Rehab Tour Starts with CBS Grammy Tribute to 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop and…Slap?


Will Smith’s media rehabilitation will be launched by CBS in December.

Smith and his rap partner DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform on the CBS Grammy special honoring the 50th anniversary of hip hop. The show tapes November 8th and airs in December.

As the Fresh Prince, Smith established his pre-acting career. Ultimately it translated into “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” TV show and his acting career skyrocketed.

But Smith’s world came crashing down in March 2022 when he jumped up on the Oscar stage and slapped Chris Rock, hard, for all the world to see. He also cursed him out. The result was a 10 year ban by the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Since then, Smith’s had a rocky time that has recently culminated in his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, publishing a book that revealed they haven’t lived together since 2016, that he’s been cuckolded, and made to look foolish in the public. His movie career has stalled, with Smith losing jobs, although he has made a “Bad Boys” movie.

With his appearance on the Hip Hop tribute, Smith will attempt to win back his old fans and ignite some nostalgia for his life before the Slap. He and DJ Jazzy Jeff will bring the house down with songs like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and the “Fresh Prince” theme song. Will the good will convey Good Will? We’ll have to wait and see.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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