After hitting the comedian onscreen at the 2022 Academy Awards, Will Smith is speaking directly to Chris Rock for the first time ever on camera. Almost exactly four months after Will, now 53, struck Rock, now 57, in the face on stage at the Oscars, the actor posted a video to his social media accounts on Friday in which he apologizes to Rock and says, “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
After contacting Chris, Will received a response from him stating that he isn’t interested in talking at this time but will get back to him when he’s ready to do so. “So, Chris, let me take this opportunity to express my apologies. I apologize for my actions, and I’m available to speak with you anytime you’re ready.”
Asked about not apologizing to Rock during his Oscars acceptance speech, Will revealed, “By that moment, I’d lost all sense of reality. Everything is hazy.” On top of that, the actor went on to express his regrets to Rock’s mother, saying: “I heard his mother speak about him in an interview. The number of persons who were injured in that split second is something I had no idea about because I wasn’t paying attention.”
“Because of this, I apologize to Chris’s mother, as well as Chris’s family, particularly Tony Rock [Chris’ younger brother]. A great friendship was formed between us. Tony Rock was my savior. This is most likely beyond repair, “Will has something to say about that.
When Jada Pinkett Smith was joking about her husband’s shaved head, Will stormed the stage and punched Rock in the face on live television. “(Jada, a 50-year-old woman with alopecia)”
For days after the punchline had been delivered, Will described in a statement how it had been “too much” for him to the stomach and that his reaction had been emotional. A New Video Apologizes to Chris Rock: Will Smith Apologizes Awaiting your call whenever you feel like talking.
The Academy barred Will from attending their ceremonies for the next decade after he resigned and issued a public apology to Chris in a statement. He went on to say, “I was out of line and I was wrong.” “I feel humiliated, and my behavior did not reflect the kind of man I aspire to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and peace. “”
Rock has made passing references to the occasion at stand-up performances since the Oscars, but he hasn’t elaborated on it. At some point, he’s promised to, as he’s already said he will.
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