Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him at last night’s Oscars, saying: ‘I was out of place and I was wrong.’
Write on Instagram, the old fresh prince describes his behavior as “unacceptable and inexcusable”.
He said the joke Rock made about his wife’s medical condition was “too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally”.
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Referring to her shaved head, Rock said, “Jada, I can’t wait for GI Jane 2.”
Smith, 53, initially laughed at the joke but his wife, seated next to him, rolled her eyes and seemed unimpressed. She revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with alopecia and had spoken publicly about the challenges of hair loss.
Smith then took the stage and slapped Rock in the face before returning to his seat and yelling twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
Smith wrote: “Violence in any form is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much. for me to endure and I reacted emotionally.
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“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and kindness.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all of the participants and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us.
“I am a work in progress.”
Rock appeared shocked and flustered as he attempted to resume presenting the best documentary feature category.
He said, “Oh wow, Will just fucked me up.
“It was the greatest night in television history.”
During the commercial break, Smith and Pinkett Smith could be seen being comforted by actor Denzel Washington.
Following the attack, Smith won Best Actor gong for his role in the biopic King Richard. It was his first Oscar.
Smith offered plenty of apologies in his acceptance speech — but there were none for Chris Rock, so this Instagram post is the first time he’s apologized to the comedian.
the organizers of the awards show said they ‘condemned’ the attack and opened a formal investigation into the incident.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said no report was filed regarding the altercation, saying Rock refused to file a police report against the actor.
Smith then attended the Vanity Fair after party, posing with his family on the red carpet with his wife and three children – sons Trey, 29, and Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21.
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