After Sunday night's Academy Awards saw Best Actor nominee Will Smith (King Richard) slap presenter Chris Rock during the live ABC broadcast over Rock's joke directed at his wife Jada Pinkett Smith ("Jada, I love you, 'G.I. Jane 2,' can't wait to see it"), Smith took to social media on Monday to post an apology to both Rock and The Academy while also offering a defense for his actions (more on that below). While Rock hasn't issued any sort of statement yet, Pinkett Smith took to Instagram earlier today with her first public words. "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," were the words displayed on the image posted. In 2018, Pinkett Smith revealed during an episode of her talk show Red Table Talk that she had been diagnosed with alopecia and discussed what it was like dealing with her hair loss.
Here's a look at Pinkett Smith's Instagram post from earlier today:
Here's a look back at Smith's post from yesterday, followed by a full transcript of the post's caption/text:
Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.