When Will Smith accepted his award for best actor soon after the Chris Rock incident at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, he took time in his speech to issue an apology for what happened. However, he didn’t name anyone by name. “I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” Smith said towards the end of his emotional speech (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Earlier on Monday, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences condemned Smith’s actions and announced they will be reviewing what happened. “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show,” a statement from the Academy read (via Deadline). “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law”
Now, Smith has also issued an apology to Rock himself, who had already declined to press charges against the 53-year-old rapper turned actor (via CBS News).