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Will Smith issued another apology for The Slap, this time in video format. In the words of Sopranos legend Silvio Dante (who was himself quoting The Godfather’s Michael Corleone), just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in….
Refresher, though I doubt anyone with access to WiFi needs one: Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her alopecia-related hair loss. In the days following, Smith issued a written statement in which he apologized for his “unacceptable and inexcusable” actions. He has since been banned from the Oscars for the next 10 years.
On July 29—nearly five full months since the 2022 Oscars—Smith published a five-minute YouTube video in order to address “a lot of fair questions” he’s received regarding the incident.
The video, titled “It’s been a minute…,” opens with a message for fans: “Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work….”
Cut to Smith sitting on a couch, wearing a white baseball cap, brown pants, and a polo shirt one might describe as Tiger Woods chic. Clearly reading from a teleprompter, he asked the first question aloud: “Why didn’t you apologize to Chris in your acceptance speech?” (A subtle reminder that Smith won the best actor award for his role in King Richard.)
“I was fogged out by that point,” he answers. He goes on to say that he’s reached out to Rock, but that Rock told him he wasn’t ready to discuss what happened. “I say to you, Chris, that I apologize to you,” he added, looking straight at the camera. “My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
He also apologized to Rock’s family and to his mother, specifically, referencing an interview she gave after The Slap, and answered a question about Pinkett Smith’s involvement. “Jada had nothing to do with it,” he underscored.
See the full video below:
Is a professionally produced video better or worse than a chaotic Notes App message? If this is the future of Public Celebrity Apologies, I don’t know that I’m ready…
Originally Appeared on Glamour