Will Smith is addressing Chris Rock on camera for the first time since slapping the comedian onstage at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Four months after Will, 53, took the stage at the Oscars and slapped Rock, 57, across the face, he shared a video to YouTube, Instagram and Facebookon Friday, in which he apologizes to Rock again and tells him, “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out,” Will said. “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Addressing why he didn’t apologize to Rock in his Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actor, Will said, “I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy.”
The King Richard actor went on to say that he also wants to apologize to Rock’s mom: “I saw an interview that his mother did. That’s one of the things about that moment I didn’t realize, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt in that moment.”
“So I want to apologize to Chris’s mother; I want to apologize to Chris’s family, specifically Tony Rock [Chris’s younger brother]. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. This is probably irreparable,” Will said.
Watch Smith’s video below.
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I was happy to see Will this morning on Instagram. Praying for our brother and Chris Rock. Wishing them the best.
Hopefully Will can make amends with Chris Rock