Chris Rock ‘has no plans’ to contact Will Smith after actor apologizes for Oscar slap
Chris Rock has ‘no intention’ of contacting Will Smith after the actor issued an official apology for slapping him at the Oscars, it has been claimed.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star, 53, said via Instagram on Friday that he’s taken the past four months to “work” on himself after punching Chris at the Oscars in March.
A source has since reported that the comedian, 57, is not currently ready to rekindle a friendship and said Will’s apology was just an attempt to fix his public image.
Not ready: Chris Rock has ‘no intention’ of reaching out to Will Smith after the actor issued an official apology for slapping him at the Oscars, it has been claimed
An insider told ET Online: ‘Chris has no plans to contact Will’ before adding: ‘He [Will] needs the audience’s forgiveness, not Chris’.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, the King Richard actor said in his apology: “I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk when he is, he’ll reach out. hand.”
‘So I’ll tell you, Chris, I’m sorry. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.
He also apologized to Chris’ mother and all of his family, especially his mother and younger brother Tony.
Slap: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star, 53, said via Instagram on Friday that he’s taken the past four months to ‘work’ on himself after punching Chris at the Oscars in March
Will said: “I just didn’t know how many people were hurt at the time so I want to apologize to Chris’ mum. I want to apologise.
“I want to apologize to Tony Rock…Tony Rock was my man and it’s probably beyond repair,” he said.
He also apologized to Jada Pinkett Smith, his wife whose honor he claimed to be defending with the explosion, and said she had “nothing to do with it”.
“I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and complexities of what happened at that time.
Surprised: Chris was visibly stunned after the incident on stage
“I’m not going to try to unpack all of this now, but I can tell you all that there’s no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at the time.
“There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the best way to deal with feeling disrespected or insulted.”
Chris, who hosted the Oscars show in March, joked that Smith’s wife Jada looked like “GI Jane” because of her bald head.
She had recently revealed that she suffered from alopecia.
Will stormed the stage and slapped Rock after he fumed, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
He went on to win Best Actor for his role in King Richard that night, but he didn’t specifically apologize to Rock.
Insisting that his wife had nothing to do with the slap, he continued: “I made my own choice based on my own experiences of my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, baby.
“I want to say sorry to my children and my family for the warmth I brought to all of us. For all my fellow nominees, it’s a community.
“It feels like I won because you voted for me and it breaks my heart that you stole and tarnished your moment.”
Will went on to say that “disappointing people” was his “central trauma,” adding, “I can still see Questlove’s eyes. You know it happened on the price of Questlove. You know, it’s like. I’m sorry, that’s really not enough. Disappointing people is my main trauma.
Before the events: Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had recently revealed that she had alopecia and had shaved her head (pictured the night of the Oscars in March)
“I hate when I let people down, so it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I haven’t lived up to the image and the impression that people have of me, and the work that I’m trying to do is that I experience deep remorse.
And I try to feel remorse without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake and I try not to think of myself as shit.
“I would tell these people I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you that I am deeply dedicated and committed to bringing light, love and joy into the world.
“And, you know, if you hang in there, I promise you we can be friends again,” he told fans he had let down.
Apologize: Will has already apologized in a message shared on his Instagram account in March
Will issued his first apology to Rock in March. He posted a lengthy statement on Instagram in which he said “violence in all its forms” was wrong.
Chris only recently addressed the controversy during a show at Madison Square Garden, where he laughed it off.
During his show, Rock said via CNN that “everyone is trying to be a fucking victim.” If everyone claims to be a victim, then no one will hear from the real victims.
The Grown Ups actor went on to say that going through the experience of “getting slammed” was something he had to get over quickly.
The performer noted that after being slapped, “I went to work the next day, I have kids.”
He also joked, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”
Remorse: The actor said he was ‘misty’ during his acceptance speech, and that’s why he didn’t apologize to Chris at the time