ON March 27, 2022, the 94th Academy Awards took place with the slap heard round the world between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
The following day Will Smith issued a written apology via his Instagram to Chris Rock.
Will Smith accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “King Richard” at the 2022 OscarsCredit: AP:Associated Press
What did Will Smith’s apology to Chris Rock say?
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior 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.
“I would like to publicly apologize 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 apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees 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 has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
“I am a work in progress. Sincerely, Will”
At this time it is unclear if the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor has spoken with Chris since the slap.
What condition does Jada Pinkett Smith have?
Will’s actions against the comedian Chris Rock came after Rock made a joke about Jada’s hair.
“Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Rock said on the Oscars stage.
Rock was referencing Jada’s shaved hairstyle at the award show that night.
The actress and wife of Will debuted her shaved hairstyle in July 2021.
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