Will Smith Issues Genuine Public Apology To Chris Rock

Will Smith has given an apology for the infamous slap that transpired earlier this year at the Oscars.

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Will Smith took to YouTube to issue an apology to comedian Chris Rock and address burning questions from fans. 

He began by answering why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock when he accepted his Oscar:

“I was fogged out at that point it’s all fuzzy.”

In the same segment, he eventually apologized to Rock on camera for the first time:

“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 Hollywood actor also took the time to apologize to his family, notably his wife, Jada, and his kids:

“I’m sorry babe and I want to say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on to all of us.”

Smith then continued by saying his apologies to fellow Oscar contestants:

“To all my fellow nominees, it’s like a won because of you, you voted for me and it really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment, I can still see Questlove’s eyes it happened on Questlove’s award and it’s like I’m sorry isn’t really sufficient.”

Will Smith Apologizes For Slap

Months before making this apology on camera, Smith apologized in a press release in March.

He publicly apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him over his joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith

The moment garnered reactions from the Academy Awards and prominent figures, including Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, whom Smith depicted in his Best Actor-winning role. 

What’s telling is the grace and empathy shown to Smith by the hip-hop community.