Actor, author and comedian Will Smith turned in perhaps the most shocking moment of the 2022 calendar year this past Sunday, taking offense to a joke made by fellow actor Chris Rock before smacking Rock in the face during the popular awards ceremony.
Smith had taken issue with Rock’s dig at his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, during which Rock referred to her as ‘G.I. Jane,’ the Demi Moore title character who previously played a Navy Seal recruit with a shaved head.
Pinkett Smith has been living with alopecia, a condition she spoke about at length in a heartfelt Instagram post recently.
On Monday evening at 8 p.m. ET, Smith released his official apology in the form of a post on his own Instagram account, which currently has over 61.5 million followers.
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“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith wrote on Instagram.
“Jokes at my expense are 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 are not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Smith Apologizes to Viewing Audience, Academy
Smith continued by apologizing to the Academy and the producers of the show among others.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world,” Smith added.
“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. I am a work in progress.”
Will Smith is the author of his recent autobiography Will, and he won his first ever Best Actor award for his portrayal of Richard Williams in the movie ‘King Richard.’