Four months after Smith slapped the comedian onstage at the Oscars ceremony in March for a joke he made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, the actor shared a five-minute video titled ‘It’s Been A Minute…’ to address questions surrounding the incident.
The opening text for the video reads: “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.”
In the video, 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.”
“I will say to you, Chris. I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.
“I want to apologise to Chris’s mother. I saw an interview that Chris’s mother did, and that was one of the things about that moment, I just didn’t realise, I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment.
“So I want to apologise to Chris’s mother. I want to apologise to Chris’s family, specifically [brother] Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. And this is probably irreparable.”