Oscars: Will Smith finally apologises for slapping Chris Rock

"I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness," he said.
Will Smith
Will Smith

Actor, Will Smith, has tendered a public apology to his colleague, Chris Rock, for slapping him over a bald joke made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Jada has been battling with alopecia for years, and last year decided to shave off her hair but during the award, Rock made a poorly-received joke about her look while presenting Best Documentary award.

"Jada, I love you, G. I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it," Chris jeered, promoting Will to storm the Oscar stage and slap the ex-SNL comedian.

The drama instantly became the highlight of the event, attracting mixed reactions across social media.

However, in an Instagram post on Monday, Will who won the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard admitted that his action was unacceptable.

"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.

"I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.

"I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize 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."

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