After slapping comedian Chris Rock for slapping him during a nationally aired confrontation at the Oscars on Sunday night, Will Smith has finally apologized.
The comedian was attacked by the actor on stage for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith, who won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in the film “King Richard,” apologized to the Academy but refused to apologize to Rock.
He has now accepted that he was wrong, and has finally apologized directly to Rock, saying that he was “out of line” with his actions during the ceremony.
Smith didn’t apologize to only Rock, but he apologized once again to the Academy as well as his co-stars and colleagues on the film “King Richard,” which won Smith the Best Actor award at the Oscars on Sunday.
The statement read;
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical 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 line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees 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 behaviour has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
“I am a work in progress.”