Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock

Monday night (March 28), nearly 24 hours after the Oscars in which Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock, the actor and musician issued an apology via social media.

Smith wrote on Instagram: “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith wrote. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and kindness.

He continued, “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the participants and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us. I am a work in progress.”

This marks Smith’s first apology to Rock after Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in the tennis movie. King Richardapologized to the Academy and fellow nominees in his acceptance speech.

As American Songwriter reported yesterday, Smith approached Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, about his shaved head. Pinkett Smith reportedly suffers from alopecia, a disease that causes hair loss.

In his acceptance speech, Smith said, “I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. It’s a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning a prize. It’s not about winning a prize for me. It’s about being able to enlighten everyone. Tim and Trevor and Zack and Saniyya and Demi and Aunjanue and the whole cast and crew of “King Richard”, Venus and Serena, the whole Williams family. Art imitates life. I look like the crazy dad, just like they said about Richard Williams.

After the slap, Smith’s publicist, along with actors Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry attempted to calm and console him.

In his acceptance speech, Smith relayed the advice Washington had given him: “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.”

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