Chris Rock jokes he was ‘smacked by Suge Smith’ after Will Smith apology video

Chris Rock jokes he was 'smacked by Suge Smith' after Will Smith apology video

Chris Rock is still not saying how he feels about getting slapped by Will Smith, but he is still making passing jokes about the incident.

Chris Rock is still not saying how he feels about getting slapped by Will Smith, but he is still making passing jokes about the incident.

The comedian was on stage in Atlanta on Friday night as part of his “Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour,” hours after Smith posted a nearly six-minute video saying he’s “deeply remorseful” for slapping Rock during the Academy Awards in March.

Rock has made subtle nods to the slap in comedy shows in the months since, but he has not publicly addressed it at length. He took the same approach during his performance on Friday.

“Everybody is trying to be a f—ing victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims,” Rock said. “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.”

He later quipped, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”

Smith charged the stage and hit Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle, who suffers from alopecia.

In the video posted on his social media accounts, a solemn Smith starts with a message on screen: “Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work. … You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer,” it reads.

Smith sighs then offers his thoughts about an altercation that made headlines worldwide and tarnished his image.

He explains why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscar win acceptance speech for best actor in “King Richard.”

“I was fogged out by that point,” he says. “It’s all fuzzy.”

Smith says he’s tried to contact Rock, but he indicated he’s not ready to talk and will reach out when he is.

“So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you are ready to talk.”

Smith also apologized to Rock’s family, including his mother, family and his brother, Tony Rock, who starred in the 2007 sitcom “All of Us” created by the Smiths.

“We had a great relationship,” Smith says. “Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.”.

Will Smith and Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars.

Smith also apologizes to his wife, their children, and his fellow Academy Award nominees.

“Disappointing people is my central trauma,” he says.” I hate when I let people down so it hurts.”

Smith directs a message to his supporters, saying he’s committed “to putting light and love and joy into the world.”

“If you hang on I promise we’ll be able to be friends again,” he concludes.

The Academy has sanctioned Smith by banning him from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years. Smith also issued an apology on Instagram in March, calling his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Will Smith Posts Emotional Apology Video for Oscars Slap, Says Chris Rock Is ‘Not Ready’ to Speak With Him

Will Smith has opened up about the ongoing controversy surrounding his assault of Chris Rock at this year’s Academy Awards, offering up his most unvarnished thoughts about an altercation that has marred his public image. In an emotional YouTube post, Smith addressed why he didn’t apologize to Rock when he accepted a best actor prize for his work in “King Richard” shortly after he charged the stage and slapped the comic for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s short haircut.

“It’s all fuzzy,” Smith says. “I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk, and when he is, he will reach out.”

Smith once again reiterated that he was sorry for his actions, calling his behavior “unacceptable.” The actor has said he responded violently because Rock’s joke referenced the hair loss that Pinkett Smith suffers because of her alopecia. It’s a struggle that Pinkett Smith has publicly addressed in the past.

“There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” Smith, who sighs deeply at points and seems to be fighting back tears, says in the video. “There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”

Smith also addressed questions about whether or not Pinkett Smith, who was seen on camera rolling her eyes at Rock’s joke comparing her buzzcut to the one Demi Moore sports in “G.I. Jane,” had urged him to charge the stage. The actor said his wife said nothing to spur him to assault Rock.

“It’s like, you know, I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris,” Smith says. “Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, babe. I want to say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on all of us.”

There had been speculation that Smith would open up about the fallout surrounding the Rock slap in a sit-down interview with a high-profile journalist like Oprah Winfrey, but instead the actor has opted to use social media to directly address his fans. In the wake of the slap, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars and offered up statements of contrition, but has otherwise maintained a low profile.

Rock recently broke his silence during a standup show in New Jersey, on July 24. “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face, ” Rock joked, according to US Weekly. He went on to say he wasn’t a “victim,” joking, “Yeah, that sh-t hurt, motherf–ker. But I shook that sh-t off and went to work the next day … I don’t go to the hospital for a papercut.”

On Oscar night, Smith assaulted Rock moments before the award for best documentary was about to be presented to “Summer of Soul” director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. The shocked response to the incident overshadowed Thompson’s time at the podium.

“To all my fellow nominees, you know, this is a community, it’s like I won because you voted for me,” Smith says in the video. “And it really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment. I can still see Questlove’s eyes. You know, it happened on Questlove’s award. And, you know, it’s like, ‘I’m sorry’ really isn’t sufficient.”

Smith ultimately closed the video with a pledge to learn from his mistakes.

“I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking,” he says. “But I promise you, I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world. And, you know, if you hang on, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again.”

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscars slap in video

Will Smith has posted a video apology to Chris Rock for striking him during the Oscars, calling his own behavior unacceptable. He acknowledged that Rock told him he wasn’t ready to talk about it yet.


The superstar actor Will Smith has apologized again to Chris Rock, and this time he was looking into a camera.


WILL SMITH: Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable. And I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.

SUMMERS: You may recall Smith slapped Rock at the Academy Awards after a tough joke about Smith’s wife. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has been following all of this, and he’s a little skeptical about this latest move. Hi, Eric.


SUMMERS: Eric, I have watched the video, but give us some backstory. Do we know why Will Smith released this video today?

DEGGANS: Well, I haven’t heard much of a reason for it. The video was released to social media earlier today, and it shows Smith sitting in a room saying that he wanted to answer fair questions from the public. And those questions included, why didn’t you apologize to Chris Rock in your Oscar acceptance speech? And Smith says that his head was in a fog. And did his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, tell him to go after Rock? And Smith says he decided that on his own. Smith says he’s been thinking about it, and he wanted to speak up. We’ve got another clip. Let’s check it out.


SMITH: I spent the last three months understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened. There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment.

DEGGANS: And, you know, that might be a response to those who tried to justify Smith’s behavior by saying he was somehow defending his family.

SUMMERS: Do you think this will help Will Smith regain some of the shine he lost among some fans since all of this happened?

DEGGANS: I actually think so. Will Smith’s always been this incredibly likable and charismatic performer. And now he can say that he’s apologized directly to the person he slapped. He’s apologized to his family and anyone who might have been indirectly hurt by his actions. He’s resigned from the Oscars Academy, and he’s been banned from their functions for 10 years.

SUMMERS: But Eric, you have said you’re skeptical about this. Do you think Will Smith has done enough?

DEGGANS: Well, this is kind of a complex idea, but it’s not about doing enough. I think it’s about correcting what you actually did wrong. Now first, I think in a way, both Smith and the Oscar Academy missed their moment. The Academy should have ejected Smith the minute he assaulted Rock. And Smith himself should have apologized to Chris Rock, removed himself from the ceremony before he was even given the best actor Oscar. Ultimately, this whole issue was created by Will Smith putting his needs ahead of everyone else. And by releasing this video, Smith has once again placed his need for public redemption ahead of the wishes of the guy he assaulted who said he didn’t want to talk.

Now, Chris Rock is in the middle of a comedy tour right now. This video is only going to increase the pressure for him to talk about an incident he’s avoided speaking on mostly. And it makes me wonder if Will Smith really has learned the lessons he says he has in the months following this incident.

SUMMERS: All right. That’s NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Thanks for breaking it down for us.

DEGGANS: Thanks for having me.