Will Smith Releases A Statement Following Slapping Chris Rock At The Oscars

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Will Smith releases a statement following his explosive incident with Chris Rock at the Oscar Awards.

The two set the internet on FIRE after their incident at the 2022 Oscars award. While Chris Rock was on stage gearing up to present the Oscar for Best Documentary, the comedian decided to make a few jokes about some of the people in the audience- including Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Following the incident and tons of backlash, Will spoke out via Instagram. The start of the statement reads, “violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior 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..”

He then issues an apology to Chris Rock.

Read the full statement below.