Will Smith is finally breaking his silence on the slap seen and heard around the world.
After nearly four months since he walked on the Oscars stage and smacked Chris Rock for his G.I. Jane joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, a seemingly remorseful Will is finally speaking out about what happened that night. In a new video shared on his social media pages, Will apologized to Chris again, and this time to his mother and young brother, Tony Rock, for his “unacceptable” behavior.
“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,” Will said in the video. “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” He continued, “So I want to apologize to Chris’s mother; I want to apologize to Chris’s family, specifically Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. This is probably irreparable.”
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In addition to his apologies, Will also cleared up a few things about that night—particularly about Jada’s role in the events. Despite rumors his wife— who suffers from alopecia—encouraged him to “do something” about Chris’ joke, Will said he acted out of his own volition and was not told to do anything. When asked why he didn’t apologize to Chris during his Best Actor acceptance speech for King Richard, Will said he was “fogged out” at that point as the events that just took place were “fuzzy.”
VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa
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Will resigned from The Academy shortly after the slap snafu and was banned from the prestigious awards ceremony for ten years. Besides brief mentions during his comedy tour, Chris has remained pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing.
#DishFam, what do you think about Will’s apology video to Chris?