A day after making a flaming asshole out of himself on one of the biggest stages in the world, Will Smith has issued a public apology to Chris Rock.
Making for one of the most entertaining Oscars ever—albeit for all the wrong reasons—Smith used the worldwide ceremony yesterday to prove that some people can't take a joke. Especially when the punchline involves their other half.
The drama started when, while presenting the award for best documentary, Rock turned his attention to Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has shaved her head as part of a battle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.
When Rock said, "Jada I love you, 'G.I. Jane 2,' can't wait to see it", Smith laughed. Then, when his wife didn't, he got up out of his chair, walked onto the stage and give Rock a good and vicious bitchslap.
Not done there, he stalked back to his seat and started screaming "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!". Twice.
Taking the slap like a pro, Rock continued with an "Oh wow. That was the greatest night in the history of television."
Roughly 24 hours after showing the world that he's not exactly—despite a carefully cultivated image—the nicest guy in Hollywood this side of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks, Smith has shifted into damage-control mode.
He's posted an apology on his Instagram account this afternoon. After, it should be noted, he apologized to everyone but Chris Rock during his acceptance speech yesterday after winning best actor for his work in King Richard.
And after he followed up the slap with an Instagram joke about how you can take the boy out of Philly, but you can't take the Philly out of the boy at a black-tie establishment event.
And after he basically had everyone talking not about who won what at the Oscars, but instead what the fuck is wrong with Will Smith.
Here's his post.
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.
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 behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.