Will Smith has expressed remorse for his actions at the 94th Academy Awards in a public apology posted to the actor’s Instagram on Tuesday (March 29).
Smith, 53, yelled at Chris Rock during Sunday night’s ceremony: “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth” after smacking the comedian for making a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s appearance.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2can’t wait to see you,” Rock quipped while presenting the Oscar for best documentary on stage, referring to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
After the Academy announced it had launched a “formal review” of the incident – widely regarded as one of the most shocking in the Oscars’ 94-year history – Smith apologized to Rock in an official statement.
Read his apology in full below:
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.
“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be.
“In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all contestants and all viewers around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and mine King Richard Family.
“I deeply regret that my behavior has marred an otherwise great journey for all of us.
“I’m a work in progress.
“Best regards, Will.”
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