Will Smith says he is ‘deeply remorseful’ about Oscars slap

Will Smith says he is ‘deeply remorseful’ about Oscars slap

“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” Smith said in a new video.
30 Jul, 2022

Actor Will Smith said on Friday he was “deeply remorseful” at having slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards this year and had reached out to the comedian to talk but was rebuffed.

Smith posted a video on YouTube in which he addressed questions about the attack on Rock on stage at the March ceremony after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” Smith said in the video, in which he was seated in a chair in front of a bookshelf.

“I am deeply remorseful,” Smith added. “I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m a human, and I made a mistake.”

Smith said he had tried to contact Rock and “the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk.”

“Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable. And I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” Smith added.

Less than an hour after the incident, Smith gave a tearful speech on stage as he accepted the best actor award for his role in “King Richard,” portraying the father of tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams.

In the new video, Smith addressed the question of why he did not apologise to Rock during his speech.

“I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy,” Smith said.

In April, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the group that award the Oscars, and the organisation banned him from attending the ceremony for 10 years.

Rock’s joke about Pinkett Smith made a reference to the 1997 film G.I. Jane in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head. It was unclear whether Rock was aware that she has a condition that causes hair loss.

Smith said his wife, who rolled her eyes at Rock’s joke, did not ask him at that moment to address the matter.

He also said “it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.”

“Disappointing people is my central trauma,” Smith said. “I hate when I let people down.”


Sharish John Jul 30, 2022 11:16am
He defended his wife, what's wrong in that?
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Pak Khan Jul 30, 2022 11:26am
Like seriously, a clown on stage can speak whatever rubbish he wants to speak about you and you are supposed to listen to that quitely and laugh along? Will crossed the limit but Rock has no limits on what he otters?
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Ahmar Qureshi Jul 30, 2022 11:28am
No one has the right to mock up any one for any ability or disability tangible or intangible.. Fresh Prince or any one would react if some one play a pun of mockery of any loved one, the way Osmosis Jones did so was certainly a mistake.. Slapping was not a good idea indeed.. Year has gone by - regrets & remorse are there - let's bury the hatchet.. Hoist the White Flag! Peace
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Ahmad Zukhruf Jul 30, 2022 11:59am
@Sharish John Defended it with a physical assault. It would have been better if he had said somthing in defence of his wife through strong words at the time of acceptance speech. That would have been the right defence.
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Faisal Jul 30, 2022 01:18pm
@Sharish John Physically hit the person in response to a verbal comment, that was wrong
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Inquisitor Jul 30, 2022 01:30pm
Deeply remorseful because he is no longer getting fat movie contracts because of his uncouth behaviour under the guise of defending his wife.
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Fareed Jul 30, 2022 02:02pm
“Drama”so to be in news.
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Tariq Jul 30, 2022 02:26pm
Will smith has ruined his career and his wife is equally involved in this. Will has realized that because no one wants to hire him now.
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Mani Jul 30, 2022 02:59pm
@Sharish John It’s more toxic masculinity than self defence.
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Drr Jul 30, 2022 03:42pm
@Sharish John that is not the way you defend anybody.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 30, 2022 03:50pm
Too little, too late.
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Asif Jul 30, 2022 04:17pm
You are done mate and history.
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Taj Ahmad Jul 30, 2022 05:40pm
I’m sure Chris will accept Smith’s apology very soon and both will become good friends once again, what had happened during Oscar Awards six months ago was just a bad timing on Smith’s side and human errors, should not happened this way on stage or anywhere at all.
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LOL Jul 30, 2022 05:57pm
A disgraceful act.
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