Will Smith vows he and Chris Rock would “be friends again”

Will Smith told fans that he and Chris Rock, whom he slapped at the 2021 Oscars, sparking a public fallout between the pair, would be friends again. 

According to an Insider report, the incident  of the “slap seen around the world” preceded a wave of criticism, prompting Smith to apologise several times. 

“And, you know, if you hang on, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again,” Smith told fans in a July 2022 YouTube video, the outlet noted. 

Rock, meanwhile, addressed the incident during his Netflix comedy special, “Selective Outrage.” 

Three hours into the 2022 Oscars, Chris Rock was presenting the award for best documentary feature when Will Smith strode onstage and slapped him over comments about Jada Pinkett Smith on national television. 

The pair previously had an amicable relationship, having worked together on a 1995 episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Spike Lee’s mockumentary Torrance Rises in 1999. Rock later worked with Pinkett Smith on the Madagascar franchise. 


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