‘I was out of line’: Will Smith apologises to comedian Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars
Rock had joked about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who had shaved her head due to a medical condition.
Actor Will Smith on Monday apologised to Chris Rock for slapping the comedian during the Oscars ceremony.
“I was out of line and I was wrong,” Smith said in an Instagram post. “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.”
At Sunday’s Academy Award ceremony, Smith smacked Rock for joking that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, was apt for the next GI Jane movie – a seeming a reference to her tonsured head.
She shaved her head in 2021 following a diagnosis of alopecia, a condition that leads to hair loss.
In his statement on Instagram, Smith said that violence in all forms was “poisonous and destructive”.
“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” he said.
“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.”
The 53-year-old actor also apologised to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which organises the Oscars, the attendees, the audience and the family of tennis players Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
“I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us,” he added. “I am a work in progress.”