The 2022 Oscars got real when Will Smith stormed onto the stage and slammed Chris Rock. Smith had laughed at Rock’s Bants until the presenter crossed the line by joking about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness. The actor suffers from alopecia, and neither she nor her husband appreciated Rock’s wit. “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!” Smith screamed after unleashing Muhammed Ali on the visibly stunned comedian.
According to Variety, it was the slap that was heard around the world thanks to the estimated 16.6 million people who watched the show worldwide. Deadline reported that Smith resigned from the academy on April 1 and has been on a mea culpa offensive ever since. However, the organizers of the Oscars gave him a hefty fine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the organization’s board of directors banned Smith from attending events, including the Oscars, for 10 years. Smith’s career prospects were also significantly hurt, and speculation swirled about his future in Hollywood.
Per The Guardian, after initially posting an apology on Instagram, the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star uploaded a lengthy video to YouTube. Smith shared that he tried to apologize directly to Rock, but he wasn’t there to talk. “I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you,” Smith said. “My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” Now, over four months later, an Oscar producer has something to say about Smith’s apology.
The Oscar producer supports Will Smith and Chris Rock alike
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith try to follow the frenzy at the Oscars. People reported Smith flew to India to purify himself spiritually through yoga and meditation sessions in Mumbai. While Us Weekly claimed the couple decided to undergo therapy sessions together. “[They’re] trying to make the best of what was a pretty awful situation,” a source said. Meanwhile, Smith’s multiple attempts to apologize directly to Rock have come to nothing – although the comedian joked about the Oscars attack – and the attacker – in his standup routines.
“If everyone claims to be a victim, nobody’s going to hear the real victims,” Rock said during a performance in Atlanta (via Deadline). “Even I got hit by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day.” But according to Vanity Fair, Rock reportedly has no intention or desire to speak to Smith about the assault.
After all, at least someone is listening to the actor’s words. Will Packer, who produced the 2022 Oscars, said he feels for Smith and admires how publicly he’s apologized and acknowledged his behavior. “I love the fact that he’s so transparent about his process,” Packer told Entertainment Tonight. “Obviously he’s going through his own personal rehabilitation.” However, Packer was decidedly Switzerland when it came to choosing sides. “I would just say that I love these two brothers and I support them,” he said diplomatically.