Will Smith caused quite a stir when he slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony earlier this year. Nearly four months after the incident, the actor finally broke his silence on the issue. In a new video, Smith apologized to the comedian and explained why it took him so long.

Smith took to Instagram today to share a video addressing the incident with the public, and issued an apology to Chris Rock. The actor said it took him so long because he was doing a lot of thinking.

It’s been a minute over the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work. You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.

The actor said he was “fogged out” during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Oscars ceremony. Which is why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock back then. The King Richard star extended his apology to the comedian’s family as well.

I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out.

So I will I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable. I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I saw an interview that Chris’ mother did. And, you know, that was one of the things about that moment I just didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking but how many people got hurt in that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’s mother. I want to apologize to Chris’ family. Specifically Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. And this is this is probably irreparable

Will Smith seems to be deeply regretting his actions. The actor has suffered grave consequences for Oscar’s incident. Netflix pumped break on the upcoming projects in which Smith was involved. He is also banned from the Academy events for 10 years. Watch the tearful apology video below.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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