Will Smith needs no introduction. The star has been in many iconic films, such as Hancock, I Am Legend, The Pursuit of Happiness, and Independence Day. However, Smith, unfortunately, ruined his great reputation by losing control over a joke from Chris Rock.

Smith did issue an apology to Rock many months later for slapping Rock at the Oscars. It seems that it wasn’t enough, according to a Hollywood comedy insider. The source spoke to Page Six exclusively and said that his apology is a reaction to how much industry bad faith he’s generated.

He didn’t do this from the goodness of his heart. Will has realized he is not as popular as he used to be, that the furor of ‘the slap’ is not going away, and he really has done lasting damage to his career.

The source made a reference to how Will Smith acted outrageously on stage and then “partied like a rock star.” He said that people don’t simply forget moments like that, pointing out the contradiction between Will’s actions and words.

People just don’t forget that Will Smith assaulted someone on national television, then went out and partied like a rock star at the Vanity Fair party.

Will Smith recently released a video on YouTube. The star said that he was fogged out by the time he was accepting his Oscar award, which is why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock outright.

Smith also answered a question about Jada Pinkett Smith rolling her eyes after his slap. The 53-year-old actor apologized to Chris Rock’s family, and his own as well, for putting them in serious criticism and jeopardy over his actions.

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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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