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Lisa Mugo

Oscar award winner Will Smith has issued a public apology to Chris Rock for the unfortunate incident that saw Will slap Chris on Sunday night for referring to Jada Smith as ‘G.I Jane’.

The actor took to his Instagram account to condemn his own behavior terming it as ‘poisonous and destructive’. He also pointed out that as a public figure, he is prone to jokes at his expense, just like Jada who is also a celebrity but he got emotional when the joke was directed at her medical condition.

The moment Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards /Getty Images/

“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,” read the post.

Smith also apologized to the Academy, the producers, the attendees, the Williams family and also the viewers watching at home adding that he is aware that his behaviour stained one of the greatest moments in his life.

Chris Rock /Image: Michael Buckner, Variety/

According to Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, the two have already put it behind them and squashed their beef. He told Page Six that the two are brothers.

“That’s not a problem. That’s over. I can confirm that,” he said.

However, despite Diddy’s claims, a source close to Chris has stated otherwise revealing that the two have not had a chance to talk and therefore have not squashed their beef. He adds that as soon as Chris got off the stage he went straight to his dressing room then evacuated the premises.

He had planned on leaving anyway but he later attended Guy Oseary’s Oscars After Party to end the night on a positive note. 

The source who spoke to TMZ also revealed that Chris had no idea that Jada has alopecia and that if he had that knowledge earlier, he would not have cracked that joke adding that his intentions were pure.

In December 2021, Jada shared why she had to shave her hair via her Instagram page.


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US actor Will Smith holds his award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “King Richard” as he attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 94th Oscars at the The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California on March 27, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)