Will Smith and Chris Rock's clash at the 2022 Oscars has become one of the most famous moments of this year's party. The winner of the Best Actor award at the 94th Academy Awards stunned fans after slapping comedian Chris Rock over a joke in the middle of the ceremony. In his new Instagram post, Smith has now posted a public apology.
Will Smith shared a statement about his behavior at the 2022 Academy Awards, apologized to Chris Rock and confirmed it was an emotional reaction to a joke the comedian made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's medical condition. The actor referred to himself as a "work in progress" as he claimed his actions were wrong and condemned the violence.
In his first statement since the incident, Will wrote: "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I crossed the line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions do not indicate the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in the world of love and kindness.
Check out Will Smith's statement here:
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The actor also apologized to King Richard's family, especially the family of Serena and Venus Williams who were in attendance, as the actor won his first Oscar for his on-screen role as Richard William. He wrote: "I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the show's producers, everyone in attendance and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and the King Richard family. I am deeply sorry for my behavior which has tainted what a wonderful journey it has been for all of us."
The academy also recently announced the launch of a formal review of the incident to explore further actions and consequences.