Will Smith has released a video reflecting on how he slapped comedian Chris Rock after the Oscar fiasco.
Will Smith in a video said that said he reached out to Chris Rock after slapping him at the Oscars, but the comedian has said he is ‘not ready to talk’.
“Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable,” he said. “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” he added. “I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment,” the actor said.
“I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment… There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment.” Smith explained, “I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out.”
He also said his wife Jada Pinkett Smith did not ask him to do something to defend her after Rock made the joke. “Jada had nothing to do with it,” Smith said.
For those unversed with the entire ordeal, it occurred after Chris Rock, the award show presenter at the Oscars 2022, started poking fun at Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett, and her alopecia. At the time, he branded her GI Jane 2, in response to her baldhead, and simultaneously incited an enraged reaction by the actor who could be heard saying, on live.