"I’m human. I made a mistake" - Will Smith Publicly Apologizes To Chris Rock

Actor Will Smith released an emotional video on his social channels apologizing for his "unacceptable" behavior at the 2022 Oscars when he slapped Chris Rock.

"I’m human. I made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit," Will Smith says in the video, his first public audiovisual apology since the outrageous event at the Oscar Gala when he slapped Chris Rock after a joke about his wife's, Jada Pinkett Smith, alopecia.

In the almost six-minute video, Smith answers the question his fans people have asked, including why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock in his acceptance speech.

"It’s all fuzzy," Smith said. "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."

Will Smith Apologize To Chris Rock's Family

The actor also specifically apologized to Chris Rock's mother and brother, Tony Rock, with whom he had a "great relationship". "It was one of mine and it's probably irreparable," he added.

"One of the things about that moment, I just didn’t realize, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt at that moment," the actors said.

Will Smith then talked about the damage the incident caused to his friendship with Chirs Rock’s brother. "Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable".

Will Smith explained that in recent months, he understood "the nuances and complexities" of what happened at the moment he slapped Chris Rock.
Will Smith Publicly Apologizes made a mistake To Chris Rock
"There is no part of me that believes that this was the right way to behave at that moment. There is no part of me that thinks that's the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults," he added.

Almost crying, Will Smith said that his wife had nothing to do with his decision of slapping Chris Rock on the stage.

"It’s like, you know, I made a choice on my own from my own experiences, from my history with Chris," he said. "Jada had nothing to do with it."

Smith also apologized to his own family and all his colleagues. "This is a community, I won because you voted for me. And it really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnish your moment."

"I'm sorry really isn't sufficient", he added.

Will Smith: "Disappointing People" Is My Central Trauma

Talking about what he would say to those who had previously looked up to him but felt let down by his behavior, the star said that "disappointing people" is his central trauma.

"I hate when I let people down," he said. "So it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me. The work I’m trying to do is that I’m deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m human. I made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit."

Chris Rock Also Addressed The Incident

Will Smith's public video apology comes after Chirs Rock also addressed the incident in a live comedy event in New York last week.

"Anyone who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face," he said.

Chris Rock also pointed out that he is "not a victim" and said he wouldn’t "go to the hospital for a paper cut".

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