HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Will Smith accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘King Richard’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
  • Will Smith posted a 5 minute YouTube video finally breaking his silence about the Oscars.
  • In it, he answers the questions posed to him on social media about the incident.
  • He starts by saying he reached out to Chris Rock but said the message that came back to him was Chris was not ready to talk.
  • He apologized to Chris Rock’s mother and his family. He said he wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment.
  • He also apologized to his fellow nominees recognizing that he stole and tarnished their moment.
  • I can still see Questlove’s eyes, it happened on his award. I’m sorry really isn’t sufficient
  • Will said he is trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of himself because disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down so it hurts, psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me.
  • Is Will’s apology more sincere or less sincere because he took months before addressing it?