Jada Pinkett Smith Reacts to “The View”'s Ana Navarro Saying She Was 'Emasculating' Will Smith: 'I Let It Go'

"I always know that anybody who's saying that hasn't really done their homework," said Jada Pinkett Smith

<p>Lou Rocco/ABC;Taylor Hill/FilmMagic</p> Ana Navarro; Jada Pinkett Smith

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Ana Navarro; Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith feels Ana Navarro and other detractors should look beyond the headlines before judging her journey.

While on The Breakfast Club this week, Jada, 52, was asked to respond to Navarro criticizing her on multiple episodes of The View in October. The talk show co-host, 51, had said Jada was "emasculating and embarrassing" husband Will Smith by talking about their marriage while promoting her book Worthy.

Jada said, "Well, I think if she took time to read the book, you know? I think that ... if you wanna just read headlines, I could see how that could be confusing. But the book is right here."

However, the Girls Trip actress continued, "People have a right to their opinions. I always know that anybody who's saying that hasn't really done their homework."

"But, you gotta expect it too because of what the headlines are, what 'clickbait' is," said Jada. "Will knows what it is, I know what it is, my kids know what it is, and, more importantly, Great Supreme does too. That's really all I'm concerned with at the end of the day."

When asked if Jada keeps track of people who speak negatively of her, she said no, explaining, "I let it go. Because let me tell you — I've been there. I'm not gonna sit up here and act like I haven't. I've been there, thinking I know based on headlines. ... I have no judgment because I've been there."

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<p>Steve Granitz/FilmMagic</p> Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Navarro said on Oct. 11 that she felt Jada "drops these bombshells" as publicity stunts "to sell books," and said, "I find it unseemly."

Then, when the subject of celebrity memoirs came up during Hot Topics on Oct. 23, Navarro said: "I'm done with the Jada thing, and I'm done defending Will because Will is out there supporting her. I think Will is being held emotionally prisoner. But you know what? It's their stuff."

When co-host Sunny Hostin told Navarro to read Worthy, Navarro said, "I don't wanna read the book. I don't wanna give them another dime for her emasculating and embarrassing him to everybody in the world."

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Elsewhere on The Breakfast Club, Jada acknowledged that "clickbait" from the book is unavoidable and can be "exhausting" but suggested people "get past the clickbait" for the full picture.

In a letter read aloud on an episode of On Purpose with Jay Shetty last month, Will, 55, shared his personal reaction to reading his wife's book, saying it was "truly overwhelming to take in your story, potently condensed in this way."

Will, who published his own memoir in 2021, added, "I know it wasn't easy to excavate the depths in that way. I applaud and honor you. If I had read this book 30 years ago, I definitely would have hugged you more. I'll start now. Welcome to the Authors Club. I love you endlessly."

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