- Will Smith slaps Chris Rock during the Oscars
- Chris Rock jokes about Will Smith’s wife, Jada
- Will Smith’s apology to Chris Rock came just a day later
After the unpleasant exchange of Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars and the Academy Award -winning actor apologizing to the comedian, rapper Diddy (Sean Combs) “confirms” at the Vanity Fair Oscars bash that the trouble between the two stars is “over.” During an interaction with PageSix, the rapper said so while referring to the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident: “That’s not a problem. That’s over. I can confirm it.” The 52-year-old rapper added, “It’s all love. They’re siblings.” At the 94th Academy Awards, Chris Rock appeared on stage to present the award for Best Documentary Feature, where he made a joke about Will Smith’s wife and actress Jada Pinkett Smith being in “GI Jane” because of her shaved head, which sparked The Pursuit of Happiness the actor, who hit Chris Rock and returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f ***** g mouth.” Later, while receiving the Best Actor trophy, Will Smith apologized to the Academy and its nominees.
Will Smith, however, apologized to Chris Rock in an Instagram post, in which he said that he was “embarrassed” about what he did and a quote from his post read, “I want to apologize publicly to you, Chris. I’m out of line and I’m wrong. I’m ashamed and my actions don’t show the man I want. There’s no place for violence in the world of love and kindness. “
He added in a statement, “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and unforgivable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but jokes about Jada’s medical condition are too much to take I bear and I respond emotionally. “
Read Will Smith’s apology here:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has begun a “formal review” of the situation. “We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will explore further actions and consequences in accordance with our California By-Laws, Standards of Conduct and laws,” a statement from the Academy said, the AFP news agency reported. On Monday, a brief tweet shared after the Oscars from the Academy holder said it did not “forgive violence in any form.”
On Monday, the Academy sent out a brief statement saying it does not “condone violence in any form.” Meanwhile, Chris Rock has declined to make a police report, the Los Angeles Police Department said.