Following the altercation at the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock, admitting that his actions were “out of line.”
Following his fight with Chris Rock at the Oscars on Monday, March 28, Will Smith has issued a public apology.
Will slapped Chris Rock on the stage at the 94th Academy Awards when the emcee made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
The strange turn of events instantly threw the internet into a tailspin as everyone reacted to the dramatic award ceremony moment. The Academy also issued a statement saying it “does not condone violence of any kind.”
In a post to his social media platforms, the 53-year-old actor apologized to the comic, calling his behavior “inappropriate and reprehensible.”
The now-famous slap came after Chris made a joke about Will’s 25-year-old wife, Jada, in which he mocked her shorn hair. “Jada, I adore you,” the comic stated during his hosting part. I’m looking forward to seeing G.I. Jane 2.”
The dig at Jada’s buzzcut hit on a touchy subject, given the actress has already spoken publicly about her alopecia.
The actor, who plays King Richard, made the comment on Instagram the day after the Oscars, writing: “Violence is poisonous and harmful in all of its forms. My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was both terrible and inexcusable.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the business,” Smith wrote to his 61.7 million followers. “But a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to handle, and I reacted emotionally.”
He directly addressed Chris: “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
The actor was in attendance to promote his 2021 film King Richard, for which he was nominated and won Best Actor for his eponymous role of Richard Williams in the biography based on the tennis careers of Venus and Serena Williams.
Smith also expressed regret to the Academy and the Williams family, who had backed the sports drama’s nominations during the ceremony.
He expressed himself as follows: “I’d also like to express my regret to the Academy, the show’s producers, all of the attendees, and everyone watching across the world. I’d like to express my regret to the Williams and King Richard families. I am very sorry that my actions have marred what has otherwise been a wonderful adventure for all of us.”
Will concluded his message by saying that he is “still a work in progress.”
The Academy has declared that an official investigation into the on-stage incident has been initiated.