At the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Chris Rock hosted a comedy show where he joked about the “slap heard around the world.” Yeah, the one where he was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars.

Christopher Julius Rock said, “Everybody is trying to be a f—ing victim.” He added, “If Everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims.”

The stand-up comedian added, “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.” Now, let me clarify that “Suge Smith” is referring to Death Row record label founder and former CEO Suge Knight. Known for his aggressive behavior, Knight has earned a reputation for himself.

Although Smith has apologized for slapping Rock, the comedian has not responded. Through his social media posts, the actor finally spoke out about his actions and how they affected Chris Rock and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

In a video posted to Instagram, “Pursuit of Happyness,” actor Will Smith apologizes to Rock for hitting him on stage during the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony after the comedian made fun of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The actor began the video with “It’s been a minute,” followed by a sigh.
Then, Smith asked, seemingly reading the question, “Why didn’t you apologize to Chris in your acceptance speech,” continuing, “I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy.”

According to Smith, he has reached out to Rock but has not yet been ready to discuss the issue and is waiting for a response from Rock.

Smith then apologized, saying, “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable,” he continued, “and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” Following that, he apologized to Rock’s mother and brother Tony, as well as to the rest of the Rock family.

The actor continued, “I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment.” After spending three months replaying and understanding what transpired at that moment, the actor said he understood the fine details and depth of the incident.

The 53-years old actor added, “I’m not going to try and unpack all of that right now, but what I can say to you all is there’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect to insults.”

Smith apologized in the video to his family, Jada, his family members, and his Oscar-nominated peers for his behavior. “This is a community. It’s like, I won because you voted for me, and it really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment”, Smith said.