Actor Will Smith released an emotional new apology to Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year, revealing in a lengthy video clip that he reached out to the comedian who was not yet “ready to talk.”
Smith – who won best actor – took the stage and punched Rock for making a joke about his wife, in an incident that overshadowed the March ceremony, which was broadcast live around the world.
“Chris, I’m sorry. My behavior was unacceptable. And I’m here when you’re ready to talk,” Smith said in the nearly six-minute video, which also answered questions from fans about the shocking moment that tarnished his public image.
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Smith did a A public apology Soon after the incident, she was Banned from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years after the hit.
The 53-year-old also resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – although the organization did not revoke his best actor award for ‘King Richard’.
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In a video posted on social media Friday, Smith said his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who sat next to him and grimaced as Rock made jokes about her, said nothing about his attack.
“I made a choice on my own,” he said, also apologizing to Pinkett-Smith and the couple’s children, “for the heat I brought on all of us.”
“There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to deal with feeling disrespected or hurt,” says the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor, who appears to be fighting back tears at one point in the video.
Us Weekly reported that Rock said the slap earlier this month during a stand-up in New Jersey.
“Anyone who says hurtful words never gets punched in the face,” he joked, adding: “I’m not a victim… I’m not going to the hospital for a paper cut.”
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Will Smith publishes emotional apology over Oscars
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