‘I was wrong:’ Will Smith apologizes to Academy’s Chris Rock after Oscars incident – NBC Chicago
Actor Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock after he slapped the comedian during a nationally televised altercation at Sunday night’s Oscars.
Smith, who won Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams in the movie ‘King Richard’, hit out at Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
During his acceptance speech on Sunday, Smith apologized to the Academy, but he is now apologizing directly to Rock, saying he was “out of place” with his behavior at the ceremony.
The actor posted a message on his Instagram story apologizing to Rock, as well as the Academy and his costars and colleagues from the movie ‘King Richard,’ which won Smith the best actor award at the Oscars on Sunday. .
Here is the full statement:
“Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s 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 place and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and kindness.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all of the participants 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 tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us.
“I am a work in progress.”
In a statement Monday, the film academy said it “will also explore other actions and consequences consistent with our statutes, standards of conduct and California law.”
Smith stunned the Dolby Theater crowd and viewers at home when he took the stage during Rock’s remarks after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife. Rock turned to Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife, and said, “Jada, I love you. “GI Jane 2”, I can’t wait to see it.
The joke struck a chord. Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved, has spoken publicly about her diagnosis of alopecia. Rock has also joked about her before. Rock hosted the 2016 Oscars, when some boycotted the ceremony over the group of #OscarsSoWhite nominees, including the Smiths. Said Rock: “Jada boycotting the Oscars, it’s like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I was not invited.
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Smith came on stage and slapped Rock in the face. Back in his seat, Smith twice yelled at Rock to “get my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.” His words resonated clearly throughout Dolby, although ABC muted the audio for about 15 seconds. Within an hour, Smith won Best Actor. During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the academy.
After Sunday night’s show, the academy issued a statement condemning the violence. Some members of the academy, such as writer-producer Marshall Herskovitz, called on the academy to take disciplinary action against Smith.
“He disgraced our entire community tonight,” Herskovitz wrote on Twitter.
Academy board member Whoopi Goldberg said on ‘The View’ on Monday: “We’re not going to take that Oscar away from him. There will be consequences, I’m sure.