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Will Smith to Chris Rock: I’d like to publicly apologize to you

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The 94th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States on March 27, 2022. Los Angeles is around 618km away from Vallejo, California, which is one of the sister cities of Baguio City, Philippines.

“Jada, I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ (I) can’t wait to see it,” Chris Rock, 57, said before presenting the Best Documentary Feature. Released on August 22, 1997, “G.I. Jane” starred Demi Moore, 59, who played a bald character.

In the Oscar Awards 2022 audience were Will Smith, 53, and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, who had been diagnosed with alopecia. After Rock’s “G.I. Jane 2” joke, he walked onstage and slapped the comedian.

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Later, Will won the Best Actor award for his “King Richard” role. In his acceptance speech, he apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) but not to Rock.

On March 28, 2022, Will released a statement, in which he finally apologized to Rock. Here is the complete statement:

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.

Sincerely,
Will
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