Will Smith chose today of all days to release an apology video, four months after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
In the nearly six-minute video, he starts by answering a question about why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscar acceptance speech that night. He says he’s reached out to Rock, but “he’s not ready to talk.” He also apologized to Rock’s mother.
“There’s no part of me that thought that was the right way to behave in that moment,” Smith says of the slap. He also claims his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had nothing to do with the incident, and he apologized to Questlove for overshadowing his Oscar win for Summer of Soul.
“I’m sorry really isn’t sufficient,” Smith says.
Of course, quite a few people wondered why he picked today—the long-awaited release date for Beyoncé’s Renaissance—to drop this mea culpa.
Not Will Smith re-emerging from his cave of shame to make an apology on the day of our lord and savior Beyoncé's release day 😑
— Aisha Harris (@craftingmystyle) July 29, 2022
will smith not now … it’s a beyoncé album out ‼️
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) July 29, 2022
Twitter after watching Will Smith, but going back to Beyoncé: pic.twitter.com/Pe0WbjDsI6
— 🔝 (@D1aphanousBTS) July 29, 2022
Will Smith did nothing wrong in my eyes. The apology was cute. Back to Beyoncé pic.twitter.com/vxHbtu2Ybj
— Drebae (@Drebae_) July 29, 2022
According to US Weekly, during a standup show in New Jersey last Sunday, Rock joked about the slap.
He reportedly said that while the slap stung, “I shook that shit off and went to work the next day. …I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”
Smith reportedly secured a $35 million salary for upcoming Apple film Emancipation.