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Will Smith apologises to Chris Rock after Oscar controversy

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Will Smith took to social media to apologise to Chris Rock a day after the hitting incident
Will Smith took to social media to apologise to Chris Rock a day after the hitting incident

29 Mar – Nearly a day after he smacked Chris Rock in the face on live television, Will Smith took to social media to apologise to the said comedian.

On 29 March, the actor took to Instagram to finally address the comedian, and wrote, "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour 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."

"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," he added.

The hit that had the world talking
The hit that had the world talking

In the same post, Smith apologised to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.

"I would like to apologise to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behaviour has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress," he stated.

Smith won Best Actor for his performance in "King Richard" at the 94th Academy Awards, but it was marred by the previous incident with Chris Rock. On the other hand, the comedian was previously reported to have decided not to press charges against Smith.

Will Smith's apology on Instagram

Will Smith's apology on Instagram
Will Smith's apology on Instagram


Cinema Online, 29 March 2022

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