Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Zampino, apparently “skedaddled” from a 2022 Oscars viewing party after the actor slapped Chris Rock during Sunday’s ceremony.
“She left. She’s hanging out with him and the family tonight,” Kyle Richards, 53, told Extra on the red carpet at the 2022 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party.
The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star told the outlet that she was seated next to Zampino, 54, inside the star-studded viewing party as the controversial moment aired on live TV.
When asked if the “RHOBH” newbie had any facial reactions, Richards said that she couldn’t recall anything noteworthy.
“We were confused, honestly. Now I’m beginning to think it was real,” Richards said. “We were honestly just so shocked.”
Richards explained that – like many others – they were “confused” on whether the slap was real or staged.
“It’s a little disappointing, like, you’re nominated for an Oscar, just take it, be proud … Don’t taint it by adding that into the mix,” she said, adding that Smith and Rock “stole the show.”
Zampino appeared to be nothing but happy for her ex, however. She later took to Instagram to share a photo of herself posing with Smith following his big win.
“Epic Night! Congratulations again – when 1 wins we all win! #family1st,” she captioned it.
Zampino – who will make her “RHOBH” debut as a “friend of” for Season 12 – was married to Smith, 53, from 1992 to 1995. They share a 29-year-old son named Trey.
Zampino has remained on good terms with Smith and has a cordial relationship with his second wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and their two kids: Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21.
Smith made headlines during Sunday’s Oscars ceremony when he walked on stage and struck Rock, 57, in the face after the comedian mocked Pinkett Smith’s bald head. The “Red Table Talk” host, 50, has been vocal about her struggles with alopecia, which causes hair loss.
Smith then gave a tearful apology to the Academy and his fellow nominees while accepting the Oscar for Best Actor.
Later that night, Sean “Diddy” Combs confirmed exclusively to Page Six at the Vanity Fair afterparty that Rock and Smith had worked things out.