“Considering all that has happened in that last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing...some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls,” a message at the top of the episode read. “Until then, the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest. Thanks for joining us, Jada.”
The statement is the first time that Pinkett Smith has directly addressed the incident involving her husband. On March 27, the King Richardstar walked onstage and slapped Rock in the face -- following the comedian’s joke about Pinkett Smith's shaved head.
Other than the statement at the beginning of Wednesday’s Red Table Talk, the episode did not address the incident further. Rather, the show centered on guest Janelle Monáe’s journey and path to living her authentic life after coming out at the age of 32. She was joined by her mother, Janice Hawthorne.
Season 5 of Red Table Talk will also feature appearances by Ireland Baldwin and her mother, Kim Basinger; the mother of the late Miss USA Cheslie Kryst; and Willow, Trey and Jaden Smith, who will host together for their first solo appearance.