Four months have passed since one of the biggest scandals to occur at a Hollywood ceremony. The ‘King Richard’ actor walked onstage and slapped the host, Chris Rock, after a joke the comedian told about the alopecia of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Everybody was left in shock in the ceremony and it started to trend immediately on social media.
Now, Smith has shared a video on his Facebook, Instagram and Youtube to finally apologize to Chris and to address the slap for the first time after all the backlash it generated in the stardom community, his banning from attending future Academy Award ceremonies and reportedly going through rehab.
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“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness."
"I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk, and when he is ready he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk," Will said.
Smith also apologized to Rock's family, specifically to Chris's mother and to his brother, Tony. The ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ actor expressed that he and Rock's brother were very close: “We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. This is probably irreparable.”
Chris Rock has not responded but…
Since the incident, Rock has not talked in length about the matter but he has made jokes at his stand-up performances making reference to that moment. According to US Weekly, during a show alongside Kevin Hart, Chris said, “I'm not a victim, motherf---. Yeah, that s--- hurt… But I shook that s--- off and went to work the next day… I don't go to the hospital for a paper cut.”