“Violence in all of its types is toxic and damaging. My conduct finally night time’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” wrote Smith in a assertion posted to Instagram on Monday night. “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, however a joke about Jada’s medical situation was an excessive amount of for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I wish to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I used to be out of line and I used to be improper. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I need to be. There is no such thing as a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness.”
Previous to asserting the winner for documentary function, Rock cracked a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair, prompting her husband Smith to stroll as much as Rock and strike him along with his open hand.
The US broadcast rapidly minimize the sound, however the worldwide feed captured the complete interplay. Rock stated, “Wow, Will Smith simply smacked the shit out of me.” Smith returned to his seat, the place he yelled out, “Hold my spouse’s title out of your fucking mouth!”
“Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke,” Rock retorted. Smith yelled once more, “Hold my spouse’s title out your fucking mouth!” (Pinkett Smith introduced final 12 months that she had shaved her head after fighting alopecia.)
In Monday’s assertion, Smith additionally apologized to “the Academy, the producers of the present, all of the attendees and everybody watching all over the world,” in addition to “the Williams Household and my King Richard Household.” (Smith received Greatest Actor for his portrayal of the Williams sisters’ father, Richard Williams, within the movie King Richard.)
“I deeply remorse that my conduct has stained what has been an in any other case attractive journey for all of us,” Smith stated, earlier than closing his apology by saying, “I’m a piece in progress.”
Smith initially addressed the incident throughout his acceptance speech for Greatest Actor. “Artwork imitates life. I appear like the loopy father, similar to they stated about Richard Williams. However love will make you do loopy issues.” Nonetheless, in his speech he didn’t apologize to Rock. And simply hours later, he was seen rapping and dancing alongside to his music “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” at an Oscars afterparty, seemingly unfazed by the night’s occasions.
On Monday afternoon, the Academy stated it had launched a “formal assessment” of Smith’s conduct, and will “discover additional motion and penalties in accordance with our Bylaws, Requirements of Conduct and California regulation.”
Ed Notice. Take a look at our timeline of Will Smith and Chris Rock’s fair-weather friendship.