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Will Smith Suffers Notable Follower-Loss on Social Media Return

Will Smith has lost a significant number of followers since his return to social media on Saturday.

The Emancipation actor, 53, made a joke about posting on the platform after largely remaining out of the spotlight following his Oscars outburst.

“Me trying to get back on social,” his first post read, which appeared to show a baby gorilla poking one of his parents.

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In a follow-up video, Smith and his oldest son, Trey Smith, corralled a large spider—which appeared to be a Tarantula—in their home.

Will Smith attends the “Bad Boys For Life” photo call at the Villa Magna hotel on January 8, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. The actor’s follower count has dropped significantly following his return to social media after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.

“What the whole hell? That is a big-a** spider!” the dad of three—who shares Trey, 29, with ex-wife Sheree Zampino and Jaden Smith, 24, and Willow Smith, 21, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith—said in the clip.

“C’mon, you’re young and strong,” he told his mini-me. “You can handle the bite.”

Unfortunately, his cheeky posts didn’t seem to go down well with fans. According to Social Blade, a website that tracks users’ statistics and analytics, the Oscar-winner has since seen a sharp drop in his follower count.

On Saturday, Smith lost 19,081 followers, while on Sunday, he saw a decrease of 19,899. Then, on Monday, 27,747 people hit the unfollow button at the time of publication. In total, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum has lost more 66,000 followers in a matter of days.

For comparison, the Philadelphia native lost just 1,569 followers on Friday, August 19.

The news comes five months after Smith slapped Chris Rock across the face for making a joke about Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.

“Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me,” the comedian, 57, said in the aftermath, which was broadcast on live television.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth,” the King Richard star shot back from his seat.

On March 29, a day after the drama, Smith said he was a “work in progress” on his Instagram, noting, “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive.”

He added that while “jokes at my expense are a part of the job,” he “reacted emotionally” when Rock mocked “Jada’s medical condition.”

He apologized to Rock in the same Instagram message and later shared a lengthy video via YouTube and apologized again.

“It’s all fuzzy,” the producer said in July of the evening. “I’ve reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

Following the slap, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and received a 10-year ban for “unacceptable and harmful behavior.”

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