Why Did The Oscars Audience Give Will Smith A Standing Ovation? Here’s 1 Theory.

The warm ovation surprised a lot of people. This "Late Show" video could explain it.

Actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock during the Oscars on Sunday night for telling a joke, shocking the audience into silence. Not long after, that same audience gave Smith a standing ovation when he won the lead actor award.

Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” team has a theory about why those in attendance were so willing to forget the infamous slap.

And it has to do with one of Smith’s previous and best-known roles:

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