The latest episode of Red Table Talk set social media on fire and it set a new record for the most views in 24 hours for a Facebook Watch original episode.
The 12-minute video featured host Jada Pinkett Smith sitting across the red table from husband Will Smith, while discussing her romantic relationship with singer-songwriter August Alsina.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode was viewed more than 15 million times in the first 24 hours. That shattered the previous record of 7.6 million views in the first day held by the Red Table Talk episode with Jordyn Woods discussing the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal.
Friday’s episode, titled “Jada Brings Herself to the Table,” addressed headlines saying Jada, 48, previously had an affair with August, 27.
The wife and mother confirmed the rumors were true and described her relationship with the singer as an “entanglement” that happened during a temporary separation from Will.
“I felt like it was really important to come to the table to really clear the air,” Jada said.
“One of the reasons I wanted to come to the table is the media, the headlines,” added Will. “We specifically never said anything. Coming to the table, we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something.”
Jada announced on Twitter last week that she would be bringing herself to the red table, after August said in a YouTube interview with radio host Angela Yee that Will gave him “his blessing” to have an affair with his wife. The singer got emotional during the interview and said he had lost money and relationships because of rumors about Jada.
The Smiths appeared uncomfortable as they discussed the scandal on Red Table Talk. Will said once the story exploded on “Black Twitter,” they had to speak out.
“About four and a half years ago… I started a friendship with August and we actually became really, really good friends,” Jada explained. “And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.”
“And then what did you do, Jada?” Will asked.
“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she said. “One thing I want to clean up… one of the things that was swirling in the press was about you giving ‘permission’ which is, the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself. But what I think August was trying to communicate … I think he also wanted to make it clear that he is not a homewrecker.”