Kevin Hart says Will Smith is ‘in a better space’ after Oscars slap

The actor believes that Chris Rock and Will Smith will be able to patch things up and “move past it.” Kevin Hart claims that since the controversial incident at the 2022 Oscars during which Smith slapped awards host Chris Rock, Will Smith is “apologetic” and “in a better space.”

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Hart said: “Will is apologetic, you know, he’s in a better space, of course, than what he was after.

He seemed OK here after the violent act too: Smith smiled at the Vanity Fair party with wife Jada Pinkett Smith after he slapped Chris in the face as he did not seem to realize yet how the move would impact his career

People are only human, and as such, we occasionally make mistakes. This means that moving forward requires acknowledging the present and not dwelling on the past.

Smith famously approached the stage and struck documentary award presenter Rock after Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Smith was not removed from the occasion and went on to win the Oscar for best actor for his performance in King Richard.

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Saying he wanted to be a “vessel for love” from the podium, he said: “I wanna apologise to the Academy and to all my fellow nominees.” He subsequently made a more formal apology, saying his actions were “shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.”, and resigned his membership of the Academy; he was also banned from all Academy events for 10 years.

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Hart was scheduled to host the 2019 Academy Awards but was forced to resign in December 2018 because he would not accept responsibility for his prior homophobic remarks. Later, he issued a social media apology.

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Hart added: “I can get only hope that the two of them find a way to find some solace in that and move past it … I still love him, I still love Chris, and, you know, you can’t judge a person by one thing. Ultimately, life goes on and people grow, so give him the opportunity to do so.”