Actor Will Smith has issued a new apology for slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars in March in a new YouTube video on Friday.
In the video titled “It’s been a minute…” Smith answers a number of questions and says he’s reached out to Rock but “the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he’ll reach out.”
During the Oscars broadcast in March, Smith stormed the stage, slapped Rock in the face and swore at him after the comedian, who was presenting the Best Documentary Feature nominees, joked about being bald of Smith’s wife, suggesting that actor Jada Pinkett Smith looked like GI Jane.
The incident shocked audiences at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and viewers at home. Later that night, Smith won Best Actor for his performance in the film. King Richard.
“My behavior was unacceptable,” the actor says
In the new video, Smith reads a question asking why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech. He then says he was “foggy at the time” and everything was “fuzzy”.
“My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
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Smith also apologized to Rock’s family, especially Rock’s mother and brother, Tony Rock.
He also apologized to musician and director QuestLove, who won Best Documentary Feature immediately after the incident.
“I can still see QuestLove’s eyes,” Smith said. “‘I’m sorry’ really isn’t enough.”
Following the slap, Smith resigned his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned to attend the Oscars or any Academy event for 10 years.
Smith’s Next Movie Delayed
The actor closed the video saying he was “deeply committed to bringing light, love and joy into the world”.
“If you hang in there, I promise you we can be friends again,” he says, addressing the viewers.
Smith set to star in upcoming Civil War drama Emancipationand was would have paid 35 million US dollars. The film has already been filmed but has not yet received an official release date.
According to the variety, Emancipation was supposed to be released this fall but was delayed following the Oscars incident.