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- Will Smith has returned to social media after being banned from the Oscars for 10 years.
- The Academy’s decision came after the actor punched Chris Rock onstage.
- In a new video, Smith apologizes to the comedy. “I’ll be here when you’re ready to talk,” he says.
Will Smith has returned to social media and apologized to Chris Rock.
The actor hasn’t posted online since March to beat Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars after the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith during the ceremony.
Smith won the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard but was later forbidden of attending the awards for 10 years.
Now, in a new video shared on Instagram, the actor says he has “put a lot of thought and personal work done”.
He begins with an apology to Rock, saying, “I’ve contacted Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is, he’ll get in touch. So I’ll say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’ll be here when you’re ready to talk.”
The actor also apologizes to Chris Rock’s mother, adding: “I saw an interview his mother did. That’s one of the things at the time that I didn’t realize, I didn’t think, but how many people touched injured at that time.
“So I want to apologize to Chris’s mother; I want to apologize to Chris’s family, especially Tony Rock [Chris’s younger brother]. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my husband. This is probably irreparable.”
One, disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate it when I disappoint people. So it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to the image and impression people had of me and the work I’m trying to do is that I’m deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be sorry without taking myself for granted ashamed.
— Will Smith says he ‘don’t want to let people down’
The star also apologizes to his own family and makes it clear that his actions were not influenced by his wife.
“I made my own choice, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris,” he says. “Jada had nothing to do with it.”
Only briefly commenting on the incident, Chris Rock joked during a stand-up set in New Jersey earlier this month: “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”