Will Smith has sought help in the wake of his infamous slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.
Smith, 53, ‘has been going to therapy after the Oscars incident,’ a source told Entertainment Tonight Thursday of the actor, who made international headlines for his outburst toward the 57-year-old comedian at the March 27 event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The Oscars exchange between Smith and Rock took place after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, saying, ‘Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,’ in reference to the 1997 movie which featured Demi Moore with a shaved head. (Pinkett Smith, 50, has diagnosed with alopecia, which causes hair loss.)
The latest: Will Smith, 53, has sought help in the wake of his infamous slap of Chris Rock, 57, at the Academy Awards. He was snapped at the Oscars accepting the Best Actor Academy Award in the wake of the slap
The Philadelphia-born actor then walked onstage and smacked Rock, then returned to his seat and shouted at him twice, ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!’ to a stunned audience.
Later in the evening – in his acceptance speech after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role as tennis patriarch Richard Williams in King Richard – Smith apologized to the Academy and other nominees, but made no reference to Rock.
The Ali star subsequently took to Instagram on March 28 and called himself ‘a work in progress’ after saying his behavior at the Oscars was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable.’
He said, ‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.’
Smith made international headlines for his outburst toward the 57-year-old comedian at the March 27 event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California
Smith apologized to the Academy and other nominees in his acceptance speech, but made no reference to Rock
An emotional Smith fought back tears while accepting his Best Actor Oscar for King Richard
The Men in Black actor alluded to Rock in a statement he issued April 1 as he resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (which later banned him from the Oscars for 10 years).
‘The list of those I have hurt is long,’ Smith said, ‘and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.’
Smith has kept a relatively low-profile following the Oscars, as he was seen April 23 in Mumbai, India, as a source told People he was there to focus on spirituality, yoga and meditation.
Smith has yet to personally reach out to Rock in the wake of the Academy Awards, a source told Page Six last month, casting skepticism over the reasons behind Smith’s trip to India.
‘Will’s “spiritual journey” to India for yoga and meditation seems cynical and ridiculous, given that he hasn’t apologized personally to the one person he assaulted in front of millions,’ the source said. ‘No amount of Namastes will make up for that.’
Rock has stayed relatively mum about the incident involving Smith at the Oscars, briefly addressing it at a few comedy shows on his stand-up tour
The Emmy-winning comedian was in attendance Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix Is a Joke festival, where comic Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage
Following the jarring incident, Rock took the mic and asked, ‘Was that Will Smith?’ garnering huge cheers from the crowd
Rock has stayed relatively mum about the incident involving Smith at the Oscars, briefly addressing it at a few comedy shows on his stand-up tour, but not getting into an in-depth discussion over what happened.
The Emmy-winning comedian was in attendance Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix Is a Joke festival, where comic Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage by a 23-year-old man named Isaiah Lee, who carried a replica handgun with a large fold-out blade. (Lee was arrested in connection with assault with a deadly weapon in the attack.)
Following the jarring incident, Rock took the mic and asked, ‘Was that Will Smith?’ garnering huge cheers from the crowd.
An interview with Smith on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction – that was filmed prior to the Oscars – is slated to drop on Netflix later this month.