Will Smith posts video apologizing to Chris Rock for his Oscar slap



CNN

Will Smith “is very sorry” about slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars in March.

Smith posted a video on his verified Instagram account on Friday that began with the onscreen words, “It’s been a minute.”

In the video posted on his social media accounts, the official Smith begins with a message on the screen: “Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot and working personally. … I’ve asked so many fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.”

Smith sighs and then offers his thoughts about a brawl that made headlines around the world and tarnished his image.

“It felt foggy at this point,” he says. “Everything is mysterious.”

CNN has reached out to Rock representatives for comment.

Smith also apologized to the Rock family, including his mother, family, and brother, Tony Rock, who starred in the 2007 sitcom “All of Us” created by the Smith family.

“We had a great relationship,” Smith says. “Tony Rock was my man and that probably can’t be fixed.”

Smith walked onto stage at the Academy Awards and slapped Chris Rock, who was presenting at the time, after he made a joke about Smith’s wife’s shaved head.

Pinkett Smith suffers from hair loss due to alopecia, an autoimmune condition that can lead to hair loss.

In his video, Smith also answers a question about whether his wife, after turning her eyes to a rock joke, asked him to do something at that moment by saying she didn’t.

He also apologizes to her, their children, and fellow Academy Award nominees for the position.

Smith says he has “spent the past three months re-presenting and understanding the nuances and intricacies of what happened in that moment”.

“I’m not going to try to unpack all of that now,” he says, “but I can tell all of you, there’s no part of me that thinks that’s the right way to act in that moment.” “No part of me thinks this is the best way to deal with feeling disrespected or humiliated.”

Smith adds that it pains him to know that he did not live up to the image people had of him.

“People’s disappointment is my central shock,” he says. I hate when I let people down so it hurts me.”

Smith sends a message to his supporters, saying he’s committed to “shining light, love, and joy into the world.”

“If you stick around, I promise we will be able to be friends again,” he concluded.

The Academy punished Smith by preventing him from attending the Academy Awards for the next ten years. Smith also issued an apology on Instagram in March, calling his behavior “unacceptable and unforgivable.”

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