By Judith Gicobi
Will Smith says he is “deeply remorseful” for hitting Chris Rock on stage at the 94th Academy Awards.
The words “It’s been a minute” were displayed at the beginning of a video that Smith uploaded on Friday to his verified Instagram account.
“Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work…,” the statement reads.
“You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.”
Smith can be heard sighing before entering the frame and explaining to the camera why, after winning best actor for his performance in “King Richard,” he didn’t apologize to Rock in his Oscars acceptance speech.
“I was fogged out by that point,” Smith said. “It’s all fuzzy. 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. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you are ready to talk.”
Additionally, Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s 2007 sitcom “All of Us” actor Tony Rock, as well as Rock’s mother, family, and other loved ones, received an apology from Smith.
The 2007 sitcom “All of Us,” which was written by Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, starred Tony Rock as well as his mother, family, and other close friends. Smith also conveyed his apologies to them.
“We had a great relationship,” Smith said.
“Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.”
Chris Rock was presenting the awards night when Smith walked on to the stage and smacked him after he joked about his wife’s shorn head.
Smith said he “spent the last three months replaying an understanding the nuance and complexity of what happened in that moment.”
“I’m not going to try to unpack all of that right now, but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” he said.
“No part of me that thinks that is the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insult.”