Updated: Mar 28, 2022
‘King Richard’ star issues apology to Chris Rock over slapping incident at Oscars: ‘I Was Out of Line and I Was Wrong’
Smith issues a formal apology to Chris Rock after slapping him at the 2022 Academy Awards
Will Smith issued an apology to Chris Rock on Monday (March 28), after the actor slapped Rock at the 94th Academy Awards over a joke the comedian made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
Smith also apologized to the Academy, the producers of the awards show, and the Williams Family in his post, which was shared to social media.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith wrote in his open letter. “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.”
Smith said that he “reacted emotionally” after hearing Rock’s joke.
“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.”
You can read Smith’s full statement below.
The altercation happened when Rock took the stage to present the best documentary award and made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith being in a sequel to “G.I. Jane.” Pinkett Smith has been open about the fact that she has alopecia, which causes hair loss. Smith then ran on stage, slapping Rock and quickly returning to his seat. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Smith yelled once he was seated.
You can watch the moment via an uncensored feed below.
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