On Friday, Will released a video on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube in which he apologizes to Rock once more and says, "I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."
Will Smith Apologizes To Chris Rock For Oscars Slap In New Video: 'I'm Here Whenever You're Ready to Talk'
On July 29, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock in a touching new video posted to Instagram. Smith responds, "There is no part of me that thinks it was the right way to behave at that moment," when asked by fans about the Oscars slap and his response to it.
The embarrassed actor admits that his wife Jada Pinkett Smith did not ask him to protect her at that particular time and accepts responsibility for his conduct.
The very first question in the 5-minute video was “Why didn’t you apologize to Chris in your acceptance speech?” Smith’s response: “I was fogged out by that point. 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’re ready to talk.” An apology is then extended to Rock's mother and brother.
“That was one of the things about that moment. I just didn’t realize,” Smith explains. “I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt at that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I want to apologize to Chris’ family. Specifically, Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. You know, Tony Rock was my man, and this is probably irreparable.”
The actor claims to have spent the time since the 2022 Oscars considering his behavior and admits that it was not the "optimal way" to respond to insults. And in response to the query, "Did she tell you to do something after Jada rolled her eyes?" Smith firmly said, "No."
“I chose on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it,” he says. “I’m sorry, babe.” He initially apologizes to his children for the "heat" this caused them before apologizing to the Oscar voters and Questlove, whose film Summer of Soul won Best Documentary soon following the incident.
“I’m sorry isn’t sufficient,” Smith notes.
After being asked about disappointing fans, the 53-year-old celebrity opens up more about himself, referring to it as his "central trauma."
He says: “The work I’m trying to do is I am deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m a human, and I made a mistake, and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of sh*t. I would say to those people, I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking. But I promise you, I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world. And if you hang on, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again.”