Will Smith took to social media on Monday to formally apologize to Chris Rock for slapping him during Sunday’s Academy Award ceremony, calling it...
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear, and I reacted emotionally,”
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Smith took umbrage with a joke made by Rock about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith for her bald head. Pinkett-Smith has openly talked about having a hair loss condition. After Smith hit him, Rock said: “Will Smith just smacked the s--- out of me.”
Smith repeatedly yelled at Rock to “Keep my wife’s name out of your f----- mouth.” When he accepted his Oscar, he apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as his fellow nominees. He didn’t mention Rock.
The Academy said Monday it condemns the actions of Smith during Sunday’s Oscars and plans to launch a formal review of his actions.
In a statement Monday, the film academy said: “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”