Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock in New Video: ‘I’m Here Whenever You’re Ready to Talk’

A new video of Will Smith telling Chris Rock, “My behavior was inappropriate, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” was uploaded to YouTube on Friday. There has been no public appearance by Will Smith since hitting comedian Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Almost four months to the day after smacking Rock across the face at the Oscars, Will, 53, apologized to him again and said, “I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” in a video, he posted to YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook on Friday. After contacting Chris, Will received a response stating that he isn’t interested in talking at this time but will get back to him when he’s ready to do so.

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“So, Chris, I’m sorry for what I’ve done. I’m available whenever you’re ready to talk about my improper behavior.” Will stated, “I was fogged up by that point. It’s all fuzzy” when he was asked why he didn’t apologize to Rock in his Oscar victory speech for Best Actor.

The King Richard actor went on to explain that he would also like to apologize to Rock’s mother: “I saw an interview that his mother gave. That’s one of the things I didn’t know, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people were hurt in that time.”Will stated, “Therefore, I apologize to Chris’s mother; I apologize to Chris’s family, particularly Tony Rock [Chris’s younger brother]. We had a wonderful relationship; Tony Rock was my man, but this situation is likely irreversible.”

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Will came onstage at the March 27 ceremony and struck Rock on live television after taking exception to a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith‘s recently shorn head. (Jada, age 50, has alopecia) Will claimed in a statement issued days later that he “reacted emotionally” because the joke was “too much for me to stomach.”

Will, who later resigned from the Academy and was barred from attending their ceremonies for the next decade, stated in his resignation letter, “I would like to openly apologize to you, Chris.”I was out of line and in error,” he continued. “I am ashamed because my behaviors did not reflect the guy I aspire to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and peace.”

Rock has made fleeting references to the moment during stand-up performances since the Oscars, but he has not yet discussed it at length. He has stated that he will “discuss it at some point” later. Will stated in a video posted on Friday, “I have spent the last three months replaying and analyzing the complexity and nuances of what transpired.”

“I’m not going to attempt to unravel all of it right now, but I can tell you that there was no part of me that believed that was the appropriate way to behave at that time,” he continued. Representatives for Rock did not reply quickly to PEOPLE’s request for comment regarding Will’s Friday video.

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