Did Will Smith Apologize To Chris Rock For Oscars Slap? Find Out Inside!
Chris Rock Pointed Finger At Will Smith
On a recent episode of his Netflix comedy series "Selective Outrage," Chris Rock, 58, pointed the finger at Smith, 54, and the notorious slap incident at the 2022 Oscars. But it appears Rock hasn't gotten a personal apology from Will Smith.
Rock And Smith Haven't Spoken Yet
A source close to both guys exclusively tells Page Six that “Will did call Chris last year after the Oscars, but Chris didn’t pick up. And they haven’t spoken since. Chris was open for a call until Will made his public apologies, and then all of those Red Table Talk discussions.”
Jada Smith Wanted Them To Reconcile
The source continued to mention Jada Pinkett Smith's Facebook Watch show, where she had expressed hope that her husband and his one-time pal may "reconcile."
Will Smith Never Apologized Personally
According to Daily Mail, “Chris never got a one-on-one private apology from Will, only the public one which really meant nothing,”
Will Smith Open Apology
Will Smith openly apologized to Rock through an Instagram post.
Will Smith's Instagram Post
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 Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear, and I reacted emotionally."
Will Accepted He Went Out Of Line
"I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. 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."
Will Smith Apologized To Academy And Guests
He also apologized to the Academy Producers and Directors. He wrote,
"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. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us."
Here's the post:
Will's Apologies Were A Publicity Stunt
According to a source, “Will’s two public apologies were all about saving his own reputation. Will has not apologized to Chris Rock in person — and Chris isn’t expecting it.”
Chris Closed All The Doors
Rock understood the apology video and posts were a ruse or a Publicity stunt on Smith's part. As a result, the comedian shut down all ways for the actor to personally apologize. According to Diply, Chris doesn't want an apology.
Rock Is Ready To Move On
Chris is prepared to move on now that he has said what he wanted to speak in his live special.
Chris Wanted A Safe Space
Our source says,
“This was closure for Chris; he wanted to do that in a safe space.”
Will Smith Quit Academy
Moments after slapping Rock onstage, Smith won Best Actor for "King Richard," and in reaction to the criticism he got, he quit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Smith Got Banned For Ten Years
The Academy then restricted the actor from attending its functions for ten years.
Organization Thanked Chris Rock
“We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances,” the organization said in April 2022. “We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.”
Smith Accepted Academy Decision
Smith responded briefly, saying, "I accept and respect the Academy's decision."
Chris' Mother's Reaction
Chris' mother addressed the slap. Rose, a motivational speaker, told WIS’ Billie Jean Shaw.
"You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye, and you went and made her day because she was mulled over laughing when it happened,"
Chris' Mother Thought It Was Staged
Rose said she, like many others, was watching the Oscars at home and assumed the scene was contrived.
But Reality Was Different
When Smith started using "obscenities," she realized it was real. She also added,
"When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He slapped me."