Will Smith has issued a public apology to Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars 2022. The King Richard star, who won best actor, smacked the comedian in the face for joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair during the awards ceremony on Sunday.
It particularly struck a chord with Smith, 53, as Jada, 50, suffers with hair loss condition alopecia. On Monday, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor addressed the shocking incident in an Instagram post, and admitted he was ’embarrassed’ by his actions, while also saying sorry to Rock.
‘Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,’ Smith began. ‘My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.’
He continued: ‘I would like to publicly apologise 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 would also like to apologise to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologise to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. ‘I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.’ He concluded: ‘I am a work in progress.’