Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock in a new video posted on Friday, saying, “My behavior was inappropriate, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” Since hitting Rock onstage at the 2022 Academy Awards, Will Smith is finally speaking to him on video.
Will, 53, stormed the Oscars stage and struck Rock, 57, in the face. Four months later, on Friday, he posted a video to YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook in which he apologized to Rock again and said, “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
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“I’ve reached out to Chris, and the word that got back was that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is, he’ll call out,” Will added. “And for that, Chris, I sincerely apologize. I apologize for my inexcusable actions and am here whenever you’re ready to have a serious conversation about this.”
He continued, “I also want to apologize to Rock’s mom,” saying he played King Richard in the movie “His mum conducted an interview, and I watched it. One thing I didn’t take into account at the time was how many people were harmed; I just wasn’t thinking.”
“Thus, I feel obligated to extend my apologies to Chris’s mom and the rest of Chris’s family, especially to Tony Rock [Chris’s younger brother]. Our relationship was fantastic. I had my eye on Tony Rock. Likely beyond repair at this point “Yes, I agree.
Will walked onstage and punched Rock in front of millions of viewers on March 27—just before he was announced as the night’s Best Actor—after taking offense to a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s buzz cut. (Alopecia affects Jada, a woman of 50 years.)
In a statement released several days later, Will said that he “reacted emotionally” because the joke’s conclusion was “too much for me to stomach.”