Will Chris Rock bury the hatchet with Will Smith after his video apology? Seems unlikely, insiders say

FILE - In this photo suit, Chris Rock, left, at an FX press conference in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 9, 2020;  and Will Smith at the Oscar nominees luncheon in Los Angeles on March 7, 2022. (AP Photo/File)

Chris Rock is not expected to reach out to Will Smith after he apologized last week for the March Oscars slap. (Photos: FotoAP/Archivo)

Don’t expect Chris Rock and Will Smith to kiss anytime soon.

After Smith broke his silence about the Oscars slap in a video on Friday – apologizing to Rock and saying he’s “here whenever you’re ready to talk” – the word back seems to be that Smith shouldn’t hold his breath.

“Chris has no plans to contact Will,” a source said. entertainment tonight In Monday. The insider then questioned the timing of Smith’s video, suggesting it was more to help himself, adding, “He needs the audience’s forgiveness, not Chris.”

A People The magazine’s source had a similar party line, saying, “Chris doesn’t need to talk. This is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris. Will needs to work out his issues. Chris is fine.”

A second person told this outlet: “The fact that [Rock] making jokes about it is already a good thing. It means that he evaluates it. But the stress of the slap and the aftermath did not take over her life. Rather the opposite.”

It’s true – Rock referenced the March 27 incident in his Ego Death World Tour, which began in the wake of the Oscars. In May, he remarked on getting his ‘audition’ back after being ‘punched in the face’. Last weekend while performing in Atlanta, Rock referenced the King Richard actor as “Suge Smith”. Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, has a long history of violence – is currently incarcerated.

Since those Rock sources whispered to the entertainment media, Smith’s sources also clarified that the video wasn’t just a publicity stunt.

“There was no rhyme or reason other than time had passed, work had been done, same issues had bubbled up and also people really wanted to hear from him,” an insider said. People. “There was just an overall feeling that it was time and he was at a place where he had more things he wanted to say.”

The person said Smith was “deeply remorseful, he’s still doing a lot of work and he’s also human and made a mistake. He’s going to move forward with the same positivity he always had.”

Meanwhile We Weekly suggested that Jada Pinkett Smith was a driving force behind the video. She, of course, was Rock’s target G.I. Jane prank on Oscar night, prompting Smith to storm the stage to slap and curse an unsuspecting Rock who apparently didn’t know she had alopecia.

Smith “never wanted” to publicly apologize, this outlet claimed, but Pinkett Smith “pushed Will to apologize because it became this really dark cloud over her. Red table discussion series” due to people looking for “a mention of this moment” on his show. Smith’s team “hoped the controversy would die down, but it just didn’t” and it had become “impossible for him to move forward successfully unless he [addressed it]“, said this insider.

Representatives for Rock and Smith did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.

On Friday, Smith dropped the video, responding to what he said were questions from fans about the incident. In it, he told Rock, “My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” He also denied that Pinkett Smith encouraged the slap. “I made a choice on my own based on my own experiences, my history with Chris,” he said. “Jada has nothing to do with it.”

Smith awkwardly won Best Actor shortly after his outburst on Oscar night, failing to apologize to Rock in his speech. He then went to Oscar parties and celebrated his victory. He said on Friday that after the slap he was “foggy” and the rest of the night was “hazy”.

The day after the slap, Smith posted an apology on Instagram, saying he was “out of place” for punching Rock, but said the joke about “Jada’s condition” upset him. Amid an investigation into the events of that night, Smith resigned from the Academy a few days later, releasing another statement calling his behavior “inexcusable”. A week later, the organization banned him from the Oscars and other events for 10 years.

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