He shared his thoughts. After Will Smith made headlines for slapping Chris RockThe comedian finds his own way of addressing drama at the 2022 Oscars.
Rock made a joke during the 94th Academy Awards. Jada pinkett Smith‘s shaved head when he suggested she should be cast in G.I. Jane 2. Pinkett Smith, alopecia sufferer, rolled her eyes at this comment and her husband approached the podium and slapped her. Saturday Night Live alum.
“Will Smith just smacked the s—t out of me,” Rock said in uncensored footage that later circulated online. As he returned his seat, the King Richard star yelled back at the South Carolina native to “keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth.”
A source told the story exclusively at the time. Us WeeklyRock and Smith didn’t have any private interactions following the incident. “Chris is focusing on his tour,” the insider said in late March. “He’s moving on and is looking forward to his upcoming gigs.”
During a comedy show that same month, Rock confirmed that he hasn’t heard from Smith. “I haven’t talked to anyone despite what you may have heard,” the Grown UpsActor told the audience, according multiple outlets.
The Hitch actor, for his part, issued a public apology for his “unacceptable and inexcusable” actions one day after the awards show. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was wrong and I was out of line. I am ashamed of my actions and they are not indicative of the man that I want to become. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” he wrote via Instagram.
Smith added: “I would also like to apologize to The Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I apologize to my King Richard Family and the Williams Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.”
Pinkett Smith, for her part, seemingly responded to the drama when she shared an Instagram quote, which read, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”
Smith announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences amid all the controversy. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” he said in a statement in April, according to Variety. “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.”
The organization carried out their own investigation into the incident and decided to ban Smith from attending Oscars events in 10 years.
“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” Academy President David RubinCEO Dawn Hudson stated in a letter after the board’s meeting. “During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. We are sorry for this. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”
The Bel-Air’s Fresh PrinceAlumnus reacts to the news by telling Page Six, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
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