Will Smith breaks silence on Oscars slap, admits he’s ‘deeply remorseful’

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage during the show at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Getty Images

Finally, Will Smith is prepared to discuss his iconic "slap heard 'round the world."

The actor posted a lengthy video on Instagram on Friday, addressing the night he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Four months after Smith confronted Rock onstage at the Academy Awards for making a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the actor took the time to address the situation.

The "Thanx y'all" video begins with a text overlay reading, "It's been a minute... In the past few months, I've done much contemplation and personal work... You posed several reasonable questions that I wished to address in detail.

Smith can be heard taking a big breath before launching into the Q&A, reading questions from an off-screen teleprompter before responding.

The first query questions why Smith, 57, did not apologize to Rock that evening during his Best Actor award acceptance speech, which he delivered moments after the slap.

"At that point, I was confused," he explained. It is all hazy.

Smith states that he reached out to Rock and received the response that he is not ready to communicate.

"When he is, he will extend his hand. I will apologize to you by saying, "Chris, I am sorry." My conduct was inappropriate, and I am available to speak anytime you are ready."

Smith stated that he would like to apologize to Rock's mother and Tony, his younger brother.

"I've spent the past three months replaying and analyzing the nuances and complexities of that event. I won't attempt to unravel all of that right now, but I can assure you that there is no part of me that believes it was the appropriate way to behave in that situation. No part of me believes that this is the best method to deal with feelings of contempt or offense."

Smith responded, "No" when asked if Jada had influenced his choice to smack Rock. I decided based on my experience and my relationship with Chris. It has nothing to do with Jada.

He apologized to his wife, his children, and the Oscar candidates whose achievements were eclipsed by the incident.

This is a community, I say to my fellow nominees. It pains my heart to have stolen and ruined your moment by your vote for me. I can still see Questlove's eyes - it happened at Questlove's award ceremony - and my apologies are not adequate."

The 27th of March act of violence secured Smith a 10-year ban from the Academy, but the real repercussions came from public outrage.

Smith claimed he slapped Rock because the comedian made a joke about his wife's uncontrollable hair loss due to alopecia.

Smith returned to his seat after slapping Rock and yelled, "Keep my wife's name out of your f—ing mouth!"

A few days later, Smith issued a public apology on Instagram, stating that the joke was "too much for me to bear" and that he "reacted emotionally."

Despite being unprepared to confront the problem with Smith, Rock made jokes about it during a stand-up comedy routine earlier this month.

Sunday, July 24, US Weekly reported that at a concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, he stated, "I'm not a victim, motherf–ker."

Rock stated, "Anyone who claims words are painful has never been punched in the face."

"Yes, that s–t was painful, motherf–ker. "However, I got over it and went to work the following day," he continued. "I do not seek medical attention for a papercut."

Publish : 2022-07-30 09:48:00

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