Jada Pinkett Smith hopes Will Smith and Chris Rock will 'reconcile'

American actor and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith says she hopes Will Smith and Chris Rock can reconcile in her Red Table Talk episode, addressing events that happened at the Oscars in March.

She has turned her husband's Oscar-night blow up into an educational moment about alopecia areata, the hair-loss disorder affecting her and millions of others. “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,” Pinkett Smith said.

Key points: – Jada Pinkett Smith has mentioned the Oscar slap incident in her Red Table Talk episode – Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, are "continuing to figure out life together" – She had guests on her podcast to talk about their own experiences with alopecia

The actor said she chose to use “this moment to give our alopecia family an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to have this condition” and what it is.  Before tackling the subject, Pinkett Smith addressed events at the Academy Awards, when Smith slapped Rock on stage after Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith's appearance.

Pinkett Smith addresses Oscars slap She used the beginning of her episode of Red Table Talk to address the incident. “Now, about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile," she said. “The state of the world today, we need them both, and we all actually need one another more than ever. “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."

Red Table Talk episode dedicated to alopecia Her guests included the mother of a 12-year-old girl, Rio Allred, who was bullied over her hair loss and died by suicide, and a physician who explained the different types of the disorder. Alopecia areata can make hair fall out of the scalp in patches and also affect other parts of the body, like eyebrows and nose hair. Rio's mother, Nicole Ball, recounted the impact of the Oscar incident, which took place less than two weeks after her daughter’s death.

“What is the universe doing right now? This is crazy,’” Ms Ball said. “People are going to be Googling, ‘What is alopecia … What is this that we’ve never heard of?’ It’s not a joke.” Pinkett Smith said she heard "so much outrage" from people who suffer from alopecia because there's "so much shame around it".

“I think the part that makes it most difficult for me is that it comes and goes. You’re going through a spell of something, and you got to shave your head,” Pinkett Smith said.