Will Smith has spoken out about slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, denying his wife Jada Pinkett Smith asked him on her behalf.
At the awards ceremony in March, the comedian joked about Pinkett Smith’s hair. After the cameras showed her unexpected reaction, Smith approached Rock on stage and smacked him in the face, before cursing him.
The moment has been widely discussed since then, with celebrities and viewers alike commenting on the shocking change.
In a new video released on Friday (July 29), Smith answered a few questions from fans about the moment and what has happened since.
“After Jada rolled her eyes, did she tell you to do something?” said King Richard Star, read aloud one of the questions.
Quickly, he denied the offer and made it clear that the decision to slap Rock was his own.
“No,” Smith began. “Like, I made my own choices, from my own experience, from my history with Chris.
“Jada has nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, honey. ”
He continued to talk to his children and other family members, apologizing that his actions had caused unwanted attention to their lives, also apologizing to his industry colleagues. , who are present in the strange moment.
Smith continued: “I say sorry to my children and family for the heat I brought to all of us. “For all my fellow nominees, this is a community. I won because you voted for me, and it breaks my heart to steal and tarnish your moment.
“I can still see Questlove’s eyes – that happened on Questlove’s prize. It’s like ‘I’m sorry’ really isn’t enough. “
Read the full transcript of Will Smith’s apology video here.
Elsewhere in the video, Smith talks about why he didn’t apologize to Rock shortly after the incident, while he was on stage receiving his first Best Actor Oscar.