Jada Pinkett Smith has said it is her "deepest hope" that her husband Will Smith and Chris Rock "talk this out and reconcile" after Will Smith's infamous slapping of Rock at the Oscars in March.

Pinkett Smith's husband took to the stage at the 94th Academy Awards and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about her short haircut. Pinkett Smith has alopecia.

Entertainment trade publication the Hollywood Reporter says that Pinkett Smith made her reconciliation comments at the start of the new episode of her Red Table Talk series on Facebook Watch. The episode focuses on alopecia.

Introducing the show, she said: "This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia. Considering what I've been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories.

"I'm using this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it's like to have this condition and to inform people about what alopecia actually is."

The actress continued: "Now about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.

"The state of the world today, we need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever.

Will Smith smacked Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards

"Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that's keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening."

The incident at the Oscars resulted in widespread criticism of Will Smith who, moments after assaulting Rock, won the award for Best Actor.

He subsequently resigned from the Academy and was later banned from attending all Academy events for the next 10 years.

Additional Reporting: Press Association

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