Will Smith Issues Apology For Slapping Chris Rock At The Oscars: “I Hate When I Let People Down”

Will Smith wearing a white hat and a white shirt in front of a microphone

Back in March, Will Smith took the world by storm after Chris Rock made a G.I. Jane joke about Jada Pinkett Smith at this year’s Oscars, and he proceeded to walk on stage and slap the ever livin’ hell out of the comedian.

Needless to say, the internet practically broke after the incident, with every person on this planet giving their two cents worth on if Smith was in the right or not, considering Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia.

Nevertheless, it made for some high quality entertainment.

With that being said, Smith is finally coming clean about the incident months later, as he released an apology video.

He cleared the air on YouTube, saying:

“I reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk, but when he is, he will reach out. I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

The famed actor also went out of his way to apologize to Rock’s mother, and his brother, Tony Rock:

“That was one of the things about that moment that I didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment.

I want to apologize to Chris’ mother, to Chris’ family, especially his brother Tony Rock.”

He also noted that his actions were probably “irreparable.”

Smith also admitted his own personal struggles with letting people down, especially his wife:

“Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.

The work I’m trying to do is I am deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.”

He then added that he is only human, and he’s trying to not think of himself as a “piece of sh*t” for his actions:

“I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply devoted to putting light and love and joy into the world.”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock