Will Smith addresses Oscars blow


(CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Will Smith “deeply regrets” punching Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March. Smith posted a video to his verified Instagram account Friday that began with the words on the screen, “It’s been a while.”

“Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot and doing personal work…,” the statement reads. “You asked a lot of honest questions that I wanted to take a moment to answer.”

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Smith can then be heard sighing, entering the screen and explaining to the camera why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscar acceptance speech following his Best Actor win for his role in ‘King Richard’.

“I was foggy at the time,” Smith says. “It’s all vague. I have contacted Chris and the message that came back is that he is not ready to talk yet and if he is he will get in touch. So I’ll say to you Chris, my apologies to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I am here whenever you want to talk.”

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CNN has reached out to Rock representatives for comment.

Smith also apologizes to Rock’s mother, family and his brother, Tony Rock, who had starred in the 2007 sitcom “All of Us” created by Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

“We had a great relationship,” Smith says. “Tony Rock was my husband and this is probably irreparable.”

Smith walked onstage at the Oscars and punched Chris Rock, who was presenting at the time, after making a joke about Smith’s wife’s shaved head.

Pinkett Smith suffers from hair loss due to alopecia, an autoimmune disease that can lead to hair loss.

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In his video, Smith also answers the question of whether his wife, after rolling her eyes at Rock’s joke, had asked him to do something at the time by saying she didn’t.

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He also apologizes to her, their children and his fellow Academy Award nominees in the post.

Smith says he has “spent the past three months repeating and understanding the nuance and complexity of what was happening at the time.”

“I’m not going to try to unpack all that now, but I can say to all of you, there’s not a single part of me that thinks this was the right way to behave at the time,” he says. “There’s not a single part of me that thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a sense of disrespect or insults.”

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Smith adds that it hurts him to know he didn’t live up to the image people had of him.

“Disappointing people is my central trauma,” he says. I hate it when I disappoint people, so it hurts.”

Smith is sending a message to his supporters, saying that he is committed to “bringing light, love and joy into the world.”

“If you hold on, I promise we can be friends again,” he concludes.

The Academy sanctioned Smith by banning him from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years.

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