29 Mar – Nearly a day after he smacked Chris Rock in the face on live television, Will Smith took to social media to apologise to the said comedian.
On 29 March, the actor took to Instagram to finally address the comedian, and wrote, "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."
In the same post, Smith apologised to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.
"I would like to apologise to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behaviour has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress," he stated.
Smith won Best Actor for his performance in "King Richard" at the 94th Academy Awards, but it was marred by the previous incident with Chris Rock. On the other hand, the comedian was previously reported to have decided not to press charges against Smith.