Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock and the Academy for his conduct at the Academy Awards in 2022.
The actor received his first Academy Award for Best Actor for the Williams sisters’ film “King Richard” at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. Smith, on the other hand, made news when he slapped comedian Chris Rock at the ceremony for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Despite expressing regret for his conduct during his award-winning speech at the event, Smith has now issued a public apology to Chris Rock and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences via social media. “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” he wrote. “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.”
He goes on, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m 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.”
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I’d 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.”
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