Will Smith apologizes video to Chris Rock for hitting him: NPR

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Actor Will Smith released a YouTube video Friday apologizing For surprising host Chris Rock during the live telecast of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. After Rock broke out about Smith’s wife’s short haircut, audiences around the world watched Smith step on stage. Smith slapped Rock in the face, then sat back in the audience and insulted him.

Smith won the Oscar for best actor for his role in the film King Richard. But a few days later, he resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, then banned from its events for 10 years.

“Chris, I’m sorry to you. My behavior was unacceptable and whenever you’re ready to talk, I’m here,” Smith said in an emotional video Friday, saying he reached out to Rock and the comedian has yet to be told. ready

Earlier this week It is reported that Rock appealed with a slap During a standup show in New Jersey. Rock reportedly joked, adding that he wasn’t a victim, saying, “Anyone who says shit has never been punched in the face.” “I don’t go to the hospital to cut paper.”

Hours after the infamous slap, Smith posted an apology to Rock on Instagram. But this was his first message in the video.

“There’s no part of me that needs to be right at that moment,” he said. “There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to deal with feeling disrespected or insulted.”

Looking into the camera, Smith sighed a few times and managed to hold back tears. He answered questions that were raised, such as: Why didn’t you apologize to Chris in your acceptance speech? “I’m foggy at this point,” he replied.

Smith said he was responding to Rock’s joke about his wife Demi Moore having a hairstyle similar to the one she sported in the film. GI Jane. Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from hair loss and has gone public with her battle with alopecia.

“Did Jada tell you to do something after you rolled your eyes?” It was another question that Smith answered in the video. “I made a choice on my own from my experiences, from my past with Chris,” she said. “Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, baby.”

Smith also apologized to Rock’s mother, Rose, and his brother, Tony, who was once his good friend. He also expressed his regrets to musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson won the Oscar for best documentary Summer of the Soul minutes after the infamous slap. “It breaks my heart to steal and tarnish your moment,” Smith said to Questlove. “And, you know, ‘I’m sorry’ isn’t really enough.”

Smith said that in the past few months, he has gone through the Oscars event many times and tried to work on himself. He closed the video message by saying that he hates to disappoint people.

“I know it’s confusing, I know it’s shocking,” Smith said. “But I promise you, I am very committed and dedicated to bringing light and love and joy to the world. And you know, if you stop, I promise we can be friends again.”

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