Will Smith Issues Apology to Chris Rock After Slapping Him: 'I Was Out of Line and I Was Wrong'
Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock Monday after the actor slapped him at the 94th Academy Awards over a joke the comedian made about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.
In his post, which was shared on social media, Smith apologized to the Academy, the producers of the awards show, and the Williams family.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” Smith wrote in his open letter. “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.”
Smith said that he “reacted emotionally” to Chris Rock's joke.
“Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
Read Will Smith’s post in full below.
Smith didn't publicly apologize to Rock during the show, but when accepting his award for Best Actor, the actor apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees.
“I want to apologize to the Academy. 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 said. “It’s not about winning an award for me; it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people.”
The Academy announced on Monday that a "formal review" would be conducted to "explore consequences" after Smith's actions.
“We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law,” the statement read.
Chris Rock has yet to reply to Smith’s apology or speak publicly about the incident.