Will Smith emotional apology to Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith is speaking publicly on camera for the first time since slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.

WASHINGTON — Actor Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock, Rock’s family, his other Oscar nominees and his fans for beating the comedian onstage at the Academy Awards.

In a video posted to his YouTube and social media accounts, the Oscar winner addresses the shocking moment on camera for the first time.

The video begins with Smith explaining why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech later that night.

“I was in a daze at that point,” said the King Richard actor. “It’s all blurry. I have reached out to Chris and the message that has come back is that he is not ready to speak and if he is he will get in touch.”

“So I’m going to tell you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk. I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I saw an interview that Chris’ Mom was leading and that was one of the things about that moment that I didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking about how many people were hurting in that moment,” Smith said.

Smith shocked Dolby Theater audiences and viewers at home when he took the stage during Rock’s speech at the 94th Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

Minutes after the incident, Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard.

Last weekend, Rock addressed the slap during a comedy show in New Jersey. According to US Weekly, he told the crowd that he was not a victim but was physically hurt when he was hit. He is currently on a world tour and is performing in Atlanta this weekend.

While Smith issued a statement the day after the Oscars, Friday’s video marked the first time the actor addressed what happened on camera.

In the video, Smith also stated that Jada Pinkett Smith didn’t tell him to do anything at the moment.

“It’s like I made my own choice based on my own experiences and history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry baby. I want to apologize to my children and my family for the heat I’ve brought on all of us,” Smith said.

He added that it was heartbreaking for him to have “stolen and spoiled” the evening for his other nominees, specifically mentioning QuestLove – whoever won the Oscar for the rock category was there to announce.

“I’ve spent the last three months repeating and understanding the nuances and complexities of what happened in that moment. And I’m not going to try to unpack it all, but I can tell you all that there isn’t a part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a feeling of disrespect or insult.

Smith added that knowing he didn’t live up to how people saw and perceived him was particularly painful.

Back in April, the film academy announced that it had banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or other academy events for ten years. It’s unclear if the ban would apply to future nominations.

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