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Gervais shared the video from the BBC series in which he co-wrote and starred in, captioning it: “And she's got alopecia. So... not a happy homelife [sic]."
“And she's got alopecia. So... not a happy homelife." pic.twitter.com/b1NYWWIncX— David Brent Music (@DavidBrentMovie) March 28, 2022
One Twitter user remarked: "Oh so someone could have slapped Ricky Gervais this whole time", while another wrote: "@rickygervais ripped everyone at the Oscars a few years ago and no one got up and slapped him. Poor Chris Rock".
"Ricky Gervais had said far worse things at the Golden Globes in the past as well, so tbh I think Chris shows remarkable restraint in not reacting further,” another added.
A different social media user tweeted: "Can you imagine if @rickygervais was hosting everybody would be offended and attack him. It was joke deal with it".
The comedian previously hosted the Golden Globes in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2020 where he often told jokes that could have been received as offensive, but was often taken with a pinch of salt by the audience.
Initially, her husband was laughing along, but she wasn't - at one point rolling her eyes as Rock tried to defend himself, saying: "That was a nice one!"
Moments later, Smith could be seen striding up on stage and slapping a stunned Rock before heading back to his seat.
Smith's wife has previously spoken about her 'struggle' with alopecia, saying that while she wants to 'be friends' with her hair loss, it hasn't been an easy ride.