One of the most shocking events in the history of Academy Awards happened when Will Smith, sitting alongside his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, decided to go up to the stage and slap Chris Rock in front of an esteemed audience during the prestigious ceremony. The video went viral in no time and Smith received a lot of backlash for his actions. However, the situation got even worse when he didn’t apologize to the aforementioned comedian while giving a speech after winning the Best Actor trophy.
Almost four months after the dumbfounding event, the ‘King Richard’ star has finally apologized to Chris Rock for his action and said that he “fogged out” after the incident and that’s why he did not apologize to the acclaimed comedian while he was accepting the Oscar for his role in ‘King Richard’. On Friday, the star posted a 6-minute video on his official YouTube channel and answered some of the burning questions asked by his loving fans who were left deeply disappointed with the actor’s actions on Hollywood’s biggest night.
‘I’m not a victim’: Chris Rock talks about Will Smith’s Oscars slap during stand-up show
The ‘Bad Boys For Life’ star also revealed that he has reached out to Chris Rock multiple times but the comedian is not ready to have a conversation with him yet. In the video, he said, “I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy. I reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk, but when he is, he will reach out.” Smith went on to apologize to the ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ actor and once again admitted that his behavior was “unacceptable”. He added, “I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
He not only apologized to the comedian, but he also apologized to his family, especially his brother Tony. Smith also made it clear that his wife Jada had nothing to do with what he did at the Oscars after she rolled her eyes at a joke made by Rock.
“I hate when I let people down, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me. I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply devoted to putting light and love and joy into the world,” he said while concluding his apology.
As soon as the video surfaced online, people flooded social media with a lot of reactions and most of them believed that the apology meant nothing because he showed his “true colors” in front of the whole world. One of the users said, “Who cares at this point? He showed his true colors in front of the world. Hopefully, we won’t hear from or see him any longer. Plenty of good people that can replace him on screen. No room for a narcissist on screen or in our lives. Be gone Will Smith, Bye.” Another social media user tweeted, “Ok, I do think that Will Smith does regret slapping Chris Rock. But wow, that apology felt forced and robotic.”
Who cares at this point? He showed his true colors in front of the world. Hopefully we won’t hear or see him any longer…plenty of good people that can replace him on screen. No room for a narcissist on screen or in our lives…be gone Will Smith. Bye
— Mario Vanden Berghe (@vdbmario) July 29, 2022
Ok, I do think that Will Smith does regret slapping Chris Rock… but wow, that apology felt forced and robotic
— J.Clark🔞💙💛 (@artistgam3r) July 30, 2022
“It was not right, you were not correct, you just blew it. And 4 months later to apologize after giving it a lot of thought? It wouldn’t work for me,” said another one. “Emotional? The dude looked like he was smiling and the long pauses are weird,” wrote another user. “Because he’s scared of never getting work again and seeing the gravy boat sail by without him. Chris Rock owes him nothing,” tweeted another user.
It was not right, you were not correct, you just blew it. And 4 months later to apologize after giving it a lot of thought…? It wouldn’t work for me.
— Francisco Medina (@fjmt1022) July 29, 2022
Emotional? Dude looked like he was smiling, and…..the long……pauses…..are….weird.
— — A K (@AKRFC94) July 29, 2022
Because he’s scared of never getting acting work again and seeing the gravy boat sail by without him being on him, Chris Rock owes him nothing!!
— Jamie Jones ⚒💙⚒ (@JamieJo30710861) July 29, 2022
It’s funny, how he thought he was acting like a man when he gently slapped another man but is too big of a coward to apologize in person.
— brandon.p (@notadeepthinker) July 29, 2022
Meanwhile, another person said, “It’s funny, how he thought he was acting like a man when he gently slapped another man but is too big of a coward to apologize in person.”
After the incident, the Academy took the decision of banning Smith from attending any of its events, including the Oscars, for 10 years. However, the organization made it clear that he can get nominated for his work at the event. The apology comes almost a week after it was reported that Smith is receiving $35 million for his upcoming Apple TV+ movie ‘Emancipation’, making him the second highest-paid actor of 2022 after Tom Cruise.