It was the slap that reverberated around the globe.

At the Oscars on Sunday night, Chris Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s lack of hair while presenting the award for best documentary feature. Rock expressed his excitement for Smith’s role in “G.I. Jane 2,” referring to her shaved head.

Last year, Pinkett Smith went bald after her daughter, Willow, encouraged her to do so. Pinkett Smith has been suffering from alopecia, or severe hair loss, since 2018.

Will Smith appeared to laugh at the joke at first, but then got up and punched Rock in the face as he stood on the stage. Smith sat back down and said, “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth,” twice, as Rock appeared stunned.

Many viewers’ access to the ABC feed appeared to be cut off during the incident, but international broadcasts captured the entire incident, with Rock declaring, “Will Smith just smacked the (expletive) out of me.”

Not only those inside the Dolby Theatre were stunned, but so were celebrities watching at home, with stars expressing both support and disappointment.

Whoopi Goldberg, an Oscar winner for “Ghost” and four-time host of ABC’s “The View,” told her co-hosts on Monday that Smith “overreacted,” though she believes “a lot of stuff probably built up.”

“I get it, not everybody acts the way we would like them to act under pressure. And he snapped,” Goldberg said. “Sometimes you get to a point when you behave badly. I myself have behaved badly on occasion.”

As the academy launches an investigation into the incident, Goldberg, who is also a member of the board of governors, predicts that Smith will not be stripped of his honor.

“On “The View,” Goldberg said, “We’re not going to take that Oscar away from him.” “I’m sure there will be consequences, but I don’t think that’s what they’ll do, especially since Chris stated, ‘Listen, I’m not pressing any charges.’

“I’m not finding much information about how, or even if, the producers dealt with Chris. But, @chrisrock, I adore you “Alec Baldwin posted on social media on Monday. “I’m also sorry the Oscars have devolved into a Jerry Springer show.”

“Chris Rock is one of my favorite actors. “I don’t think he would’ve made that joke if he knew what Jada recently shared,” Nicki Minaj said in a series of follow-up tweets, describing the “pain” of living with alopecia for women and how a “real man” would handle it “will defend his wife in the same way that Smith did.

“Violence is never acceptable. “One Tree Hill” says, “Assault is never the answer.” “Sophia Bush, the actress, took to Twitter. “Also? Chris made fun of Jada on the #Oscars stage for the second time, and this time he targeted her alopecia. It is incorrect to slam someone’s auto-immune disease. It is cruel to do so on purpose. They both need to take a break.”

“Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology,” director Rob Reiner said. “There is no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris is not filing assault charges. The excuses he made tonight were (expletive).”

“It was just a joke,” wrote actress Mia Farrow, adding, “What I saw was one of Hollywood’s most powerful movie stars stalk onto a stage to strike a comedian for an unfortunate joke about his (gorgeous) wife’s shaved head. Anyone who is OK with that has probably never been hit by a powerful man. As we advise our kids, ‘use your words.’ ”

“Stand-up comics are very good at dealing with hecklers,” said Mark Hamill, a veteran of the “Star Wars” franchise. “Physical violence, on the other hand, is a different story. #UgliestOscarsMoment Ever.”

“Let me tell you something,” stand-up comic Kathy Griffin wrote, “it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian.” “Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters,” says the comedian.