February 4, 2023

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock and faces academic investigation over slap

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock and faces academic investigation over slap

Will Smith apologized Monday evening In an Instagram post To comedian Chris Rock on his behavior at the Oscars Sunday night which He slapped him on stage Because of a joke about the Oscar-winning wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

“My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable and unforgivable,” Mr Smith wrote. “The jokes on me are part of the job, but the jokes about Jada’s medical condition were too much for me to handle and they reacted emotionally.”

“I’d 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.”

At rehearsals for the awards show, Mr. Rock did not tell the joke that led Mr. Smith To slap a comediansaid people close to the production.

They said Mr. Rock’s joke, about Mrs. Pinkett Smith’s short hair, was not on the show’s teleprompter screen.

The 94th Academy Awards came to an abrupt halt when actor Will Smith took to the stage and hit on comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s short hair. Smith later won Best Actor, while Apple’s “CODA” took the best picture. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Ms Pinkett Smith said on social media that She has alopeciaA medical condition that causes hair loss. Mr. Rock’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Later in the evening Mr. Smith Won an Oscar for Best Actor For his performance in the drama “King Richard”, a biographical film about Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.

Mr. Smith also apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Academy Awards. Show producers, attendees and viewers. The Williams Family and “The Family of King Richard”.

The academy announced a formal investigation into the incident earlier on Monday and condemned Mr. Smith’s actions. The group also shared regulatory rules that show they have the ability to rescind an Academy Award after the fact.

Chris Rock, who was seen backstage at the Oscars, refused to file a police report against Will Smith.


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The Academy’s Standards of Conduct state that the organization can take disciplinary action, including revocation of awards. The Academy can take less stringent measures as well, including private or public reprimands, and temporary or permanent disqualification for future Academy Awards.

Mr. Rock refused to file a police report against Mr. Smith, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which released a statement saying it was aware of an “incident between two people” at the Oscars. “The incident involved slapping another person,” the statement said.

After the party that Attracting more than 15 million viewersSmith continued in the manner of any regular Oscar winner. He posed for photos smiling with children Willow, Jaden and Trey Smith, along with Mrs. Pinkett Smith. Mrs. Pinkett Smith transformed into a sparkling champagne gown. The family gathered near an intimate portrait at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

During his acceptance speech, he apologized to the Academy, but not to Mr. Rock.

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This wasn’t the first time Mr. Rock had had fun at the couple’s expense. When the comedian Hosted the 2016 Oscars He also made jokes about the couple, including questioning Mr. Smith’s high salary.

Mr. Smith’s family seemed to unite around him. son of Jaden Smith, chirp: “That’s how to do it.”

Some of the top critics From Slap Mr. Smith were comedians, including director Judd Apatow, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and comedian Kathy Griffin.

At the party, Mr. Smith appeared to be consoled by other celebrities in the room including Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry. He was followed by a post-show greeting, like this one from rapper Nicki Minaj, who said Mr. Smith was The right to defend his wife. “This is how any real man feels at that moment,” she wrote on Twitter. “As you watch the joke, he sees her pain.”

A video posted on social media from the Vanity Fair after-party showed Mr. Smith holding the Oscar, dancing and singing “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” He was surrounded on three sides by guests who held their phones to capture the moment as they danced with him.

Before the show, Mr. Smith posted on his Instagram Pictures of himself and Mrs. Pinkett Smith In joking mode with the caption, “I’m dude to pick chaos.” Later, Mr. Smith commented on the post: “You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore anywhere!!”

Will Packer, the executive producer of the Oscars broadcast, also joked about the incident when he was chirpWelp…I said it wouldn’t be a boring #Oscars.

Omar Abdel-Baqi contributed to the writing of this article.

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