Will Smith has reached out to Chris Rock, but the comedian isn’t ready to speak

Will Smith issued a public on-camera apology to Chris Rock on Friday, four months after beating the comedian at the 2022 Oscars.

Back in March, 53-year-old Smith took the stage and slapped 57-year-old Chris at the 94th Academy Awards after he joked at the awards ceremony about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness.

In a new video posted to YouTube, Instagram and Facebook on Friday, Smith publicly apologized to the comedian for the incident and told Rock, “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

“In the last few months I have been thinking a lot and working personally. You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer,” Smith said, before explaining that he didn’t apologize for Rock during his acceptance speech after receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor because he ” was foggy at this point” and “everything was blurry”.

“I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to speak and when he is he will get in touch,” he continued. “So I’m going to tell you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

The ‘King Richard’ actor subsequently apologized to Rock’s family, specifically his mother and brother Tony Rock, who Smith said are close to him.

“I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I saw an interview Chris’ mom did and that was one of the things about that moment,” Smith said. “I didn’t realize it and I didn’t think about it [about] how many people were injured at that moment. I want to apologize to Chris’ mother, I want to apologize to Chris’ family, especially Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man and that’s probably irreparable.”

In an interview with NBC affiliate WIS-TV in April, the comedian’s mother, Rosalie “Rose” Rock, opened up about the incident, saying, “When Will hit Chris, he hit us all. But he really hit me. When you hurt my child, you hurt me.”

Rose also said during the interview that the Men in Black star hadn’t reached out to her son at the time.

Rock’s brother Tony previously expressed his disapproval of the first apology Smith issued via Instagram days after the incident.

Tony also stabbed the Oscar winner during his stand-up performance in April in Raleigh, North Carolina. He warned listeners that if they had a problem with anything he said, their only option was “to do absolutely nothing.”

“If you think you’re going to get on that stage, that’s not the motherf-ing Oscars,” he said. “And if you go up here with your a— you’re not nominated for s—t, you’re nominated for those motherly hands.”

“You’re going to hit my motherf king brother because your bra gave you a side eye?” Tony also said during the show.

In his new video, Smith clarified that his wife did nothing for him to take any action. He even apologized to Pinkett Smith and their children for the “heat” he had caused their family.

“I made my own choice based on my own experiences and history with Chris,” Smith said. “Jada had nothing to do with it.”

After the incident, Smith resigned from the academy and was barred from attending its ceremonies for the next 10 years.


Will Smith marched onto the stage during the Oscars, which was broadcast live worldwide, and punched comedian Chris Rock over a joke about the star's wife

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