Will Smith apologises to Chris Rock in Youtube video
In the 5 minute long video, Will Smith says “Chris, I apologise to you, my behaviour was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Nearly five months after the infamous Oscar moment where actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock, Will Smith has released a video apologising for the incident.
In the recently released video, uploaded to his official Youtube Channel, Will Smith addressed questions regarding the incident. To the question “Why didn’t you apologise to Chris in your acceptance speech?” The actor replied “I was fogged out…” and then went on to directly address Chris Rock by saying “ Chris, I apologise to you, my behaviour was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you’re ready to talk,” he also apologised to Chris’ mother and the rest of his family.
During the 94th Academy Awards, Chris Rock made a joke about actor Jada Pinkett Smith. Her disapproval at the joke was promptly noted by her husband Will Smith, who then proceeded to walk up the stage and slap a visibly confused Chris Rock. Returning to his seat the actor still raged on, shouting “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth” to the comedian. Will Smith then went on to win the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard. He did not address the slapping incident or apologise to Chris Rock in his acceptance speech
The incident, watched online by millions across the world, quickly went viral online and became one of the most highly debated topics.
Chris Rock initially refused to comment on the incident. He later addressed the incident at a comedy show by saying “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face. I’m not a victim. Yeah, that hurt, But I shook that off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”
Chris Rock is yet to respond to the apology video from Will Smith.