ON March 27, 2022, the 94th Academy Awards took place with the slap heard round the world between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
The following day Will Smith issued a written apology via his Instagram to Chris Rock.
What did Will Smith’s apology to Chris Rock say?
The incident took place live during the 2022 Oscars as Rock was speaking on stage making a joke about Will's wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
In his Instagram post, Smith called his behavior "unacceptable."
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior 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.
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"I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. 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. Sincerely, Will"
At this time it is unclear if the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor has spoken with Chris since the slap.
What condition does Jada Pinkett Smith have?
Will's actions against the comedian Chris Rock came after Rock made a joke about Jada's hair.
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"Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it," Rock said on the Oscars stage.
Rock was referencing Jada's shaved hairstyle at the award show that night.
The actress and wife of Will debuted her shaved hairstyle in July 2021.
Pinkett Smith has spoken at length about her medical condition, Alopecia.
Pinkett Smith, 50, revealed her condition publicly in 2018 on her Red Table talk series.
She said: "A lot of people have been asking why I've been wearing turbans.
"Well, I haven't talked about it. It's not easy to talk about, but I am going to talk about it.
"I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, 'Oh my God, am I going bald?'
"It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That's why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."
What has Chris Rock said about the incident?
At this time Rock has not made a public statement regarding the incident between him and Will at the Oscars.
After he appeared to have been hit at the award show Rock said on stage: "Oh wow, wow, Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me."
The network muted Smith's response in which he reportedly told Chris: "Keep my wife's name out of your f****** mouth."
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