Will Smith has issued a public apology on social media, saying he “deeply regrets” his behaviour at the Oscars and that he is “a work in progress”. Will Smith marched onto the stage and appeared to slap comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being bald.
Jada has a condition called alopecia which causes hair loss.
On his official Instagram account, Will expressed “regret” over his actions at the awards ceremony and also explained why the joke was “too much for [him] to bear”.
He wrote: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive.
“My behaviour 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.
At the time, Will apologised to the Academy, but not to Chris Rock, in a tearful acceptance speech.
As part of his acceptance speech, Will said: “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people, and to be a river to my people.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has “condemned” Will Smith’s behaviour at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.
In an official statement, the Academy said it “condemns the actions of Mr Smith at last night’s show”.