Will Smith apologises to comedian Chris Rock over the Oscars slap heard around the world

Will Smith (R) hit Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 27, 2022. [Reuters]

Award-winning actor and film producer Will Smith has apologised to Chris Rock for smacking him on stage during the Oscars in March 2022.

Through a video posted on his YouTube channel on July 29, 2022, Smith responded to a number of questions regarding the incident and said he was deeply remorseful for his actions.

Asked why he did not apologise in his acceptance speech, the I am Legend actor said at the time everything was fuzzy but he has since reached out to Chris although he is not ready to talk.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work. I was fogged up by that point. It’s all fuzzy. I have reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he is not ready to talk and when he is he will reach out.

“So I will say to you Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” he said.

Smith also apologised to Chris’ mother Rosalie Rock and brother Tony Rock, acknowledging that he acted on impulse and had no idea his actions would affect many people.