Tony Rock, Chris Rock’s Brother, Says He Doesn’t Approve of Will Smith’s Apology
The apology from Will didn't appear to soften the blow.
Tony Rock, Chris Rock's brother, refuses to accept Will Smith's apology for slapping him at the 2022 Oscars.
When a fan asked Tony via Twitter, “Do you approve of the apology?,” Tony, 47, simply replied, “No.”
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" alum, 53, issued a mea culpa to Chris, 57, over the slap heard around the world, in a statement posted to Instagram Monday.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith wrote. “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
The actor then tried to explain the violence by saying he was just defending Jada Pinkett Smith after Chris made a joke about her baldness.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” he wrote. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about my Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
The Best Actor winner for his role in "King Richard" also apologised in full to everyone he may have offended with the slap.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my ‘King Richard’ Family,” he wrote. “I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress.”
During his acceptance speech to the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, the 'Bad Boys' star famously apologized to everyone except Chris, spitting out his words as he choked back tears.
“I want to apologize to all of my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment, and I’m not crying for winning an award,” he told the audience. “It’s not about winning an award for me; it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people.”
Smith and Chris have reportedly not spoken since the incident, but the "Madagascar" actor has opted not to press charges.
Smith struck Chris with an open hand Sunday night for ragging Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.
“Jada, I love you, 'G.I. Jane 2,' I can't wait to see it,” Rock said on stage, referring to the character played by Demi Moore.
Pinkett Smith, who shaved her head last summer, rolled her eyes immediately, making Smith walk up to Chris and smack him across the face.
the movie star then repeatedly shouted from his seat. “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”