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Will Smith finally breaks silence on Chris Rock’s slap: ‘This is probably irreparable’

Will Smith shared a heartfelt video on social media on Friday, directly addressing the moment at the Oscars when he slapped presenter Chris Rock. An earnest-looking Smith responds to fan concerns about the fallout from the slap, which made news all around the world, in the video, the “King Richard” actor’s first response to the issue since his apologetic post in March.

In an unexpected moment at the Academy Awards, actor Will Smith slaps comedian Chris Rock. AFP

It’s the first time Smith has spoken publicly about the now-famous incident that resulted in his 10-year ban from Academy functions.

Will has addressed: “It’s been a minute… Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work… You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.”

He then sat down, alone in his home, and went on to explain himself, the first question asked why he didn’t apologize to Chris.

Will explained: “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.”

He went on to extend that apology to Chris’s family: “I want to apologize to Chris’s mother. I saw an interview that Chris’s mother did and, you know, that was one of the things about that moment I just didn’t realize, and, you know, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt at that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’s mother.

“I want to apologize to Chris’s family. Specifically, Tony Rock [Chris’ younger brother]. You know, we had a great relationship. You know, Tony Rock was my man. And this is probably irreparable.”

Will Smith apologizes for Oscars slap, says Chris Rock 'not ready to talk'  | Mashable

Will continued by saying that while he wouldn’t be going into great detail in this video, he had spent the previous three months replaying and trying to comprehend the nuances of what had occurred, he assured: “But I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”

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Will clarified if Jada had “requested him to do something” and said, “that no, Jada had not asked him to do anything and that he had made the decision to slap Chris totally on his own.”

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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.

Will Smith update: Kevin Hart says the Oscar winner is in a 'better place'  - USMARKETTODAY

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.”

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