After about a month of silence from Will Smith and Jada, he finally gives a real apology after the ‘slap’ at the Oscars.
Back in June during the Oscar Awards, Chris Rock made a seemingly innocent joke regarding Smith’s wife’s bald head, Jada Pinkett Smith. Well, let’s just say the joke didn’t go over well. Initially it seemed that Will Smith went along with the joke, however in the footage you see him glance over at his wife as she makes a distasteful face at the joke. Next thing you know, the Bad Boys actor walked up to the podium where Chris Rock was emceeing for the night and sucker punches him in the face.
Furthermore, Smith would later be banned for ten years from the Oscars and anything relating to the Academy. Even so, now here we are two months later, and Will decided to apologize sincerely for the assault.
“Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” Smith said Friday in the emotional video, adding that he had reached out to Rock and was told the comedian is not yet ready.
Hours after the infamous slap, Smith had written Rock an apology on Instagram. But this was his first message on video.
“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” he said. “There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”
Chris Rock Responds
Earlier this week, Rock reportedly addressed the slap during his standup show in New Jersey. “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock reportedly joked, adding that he wasn’t a victim and shook it off. “I don’t go to the hospital for a papercut.”