Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock and his mother for slapping the Oscars in emotional video

In a video posted online on Friday, Oscar winner Will Smith – who made his most public comments since beating Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March – apologized directly to the comedian and said he was “deeply remorseful” for it his behaviour.

In a nearly six-minute video uploaded to Instagram and YouTube, Smith said he didn’t originally apologize to Rock in his Oscars acceptance speech because he was “dazed.” But he said he “reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk and if he is he’ll get in touch.”

“I’ll tell you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to speak,” Smith said.

He then apologized to Rock’s mother, Rose, and younger brother, Tony.

In conversation with NBC affiliate WIS from Columbia, South CarolinaIn April, Rose Rock seemed to blast Smith He said in part, “When he hit Chris, he hit us all.”

Tony Rock starred in the 2007 UPN sitcom All of Us, which Smith co-created. “We had a great relationship,” Smith said in the video. “Tony Rock was my man and that’s probably irreparable.”

Smith wrote a statement to Rock days after the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, saying in part that he was “out of line” and “embarrassed.”

Smith slapped Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Rock, who presented the Oscar for best documentary, had said he was excited to see Pinkett Smith in GI Jane 2.

In 2018, Pinkett Smith announced that she was diagnosed with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Ridley Scott’s action film GI Jane (1997) starred Demi Moore as a woman who joins the Navy and shaves her head while serving in the army.

Smith then marched onto the Dolby Theater stage and hit rock. The audio then cut out on the US broadcast, but Smith seemed to shout the words, “Keep my wife’s name out of your F——mouth!”

The actor later accepted the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard, a portrayal of Serena and Venus Williams’ persistent father.

Chris Rock and Will Smith
Will Smith punches Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27th.Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images file

“I’ve spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuance and complexity of what happened in that moment,” Smith said in the video. “I’m not going to try to unpack it all now, but I can tell you all that there’s no part of me that thinks this was the right way to behave at that moment.

“No part of me thinks that was the optimal way to deal with feelings of disrespect or insult,” Smith said.

“I am deeply dedicated and committed to bringing light and joy into the world,” he later added.

The actor said he felt sorry for his family for “the heat I brought on us all” after the slap. He said it “really breaks my heart to have dulled and stolen the spotlight from his other Oscar nominees” — including musician and filmmaker Questlove, who won the Best Documentary Oscar for Summer of Soul.

In early April, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it would ban Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years because of the slap.

However, at the time of this announcement, Smith had already resigned from the group — a move that prevented the academy from suspending or expelling him.


Smith’s outburst stunned audiences at the Dolby Theater and around the world, sparking a frenzy on social media that lasted for weeks, sparking heated debates about toxic masculinity and other hot topics.

Rock kept his composure after being hit, and joked that it was “the greatest night in television history.” He declined to press charges, Los Angeles Police Department said.

The comic has since addressed the incident in a stand-up performance, insisting he wasn’t a “victim” and quipping, “I’m not going to the hospital for a paper cut.” Rock’s rep didn’t immediately respond on Friday a request for comment.

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