Will Smith stunned the world on March 27 when he walked onstage and hit Chris Rock on live television after taking issue with a joke made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The joke was about Jada’s shaved head and Will explained in a statement days later that the punchline was “too much for me to bear” and he “reacted emotionally.”
Will, who won the first Oscar for Best Actor category, later resigned from the Academy and publicly apologized to Chris Rock. Moreover, the actor was banned from attending their ceremonies for the next 10 years. Many of Will Smith’s big project has been either put on hold or cancelled. However, Will Smith’s close friend, Kevin Hart, has recently thrown some light on how the actor is doing four months after his Oscars controversy.
In a recent interview, hart shared that Will is working on himself after the incident. “Will is apologetic, you know. He’s in a better space, of course than what he was after. People are human, and as humans sometimes we make mistakes. So it’s not about talking about the past, it’s about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward.”
Hart said he’s still friends with both Will and Rock, adding that he hopes they can make amends. Hart revealed, “I can get only hope that the two of them find a way to find some solace in that and move past it. I just like good energy. I love to see people be the best.” The actor added, “I still love him, I still love Chris.” DC League of Super-Pets continues, “You can’t judge a person by one thing. Ultimately, life goes on and people grow, so give him the opportunity to do so.”
In the weeks since the Oscars, Rock has made brief jokes at standup performances referencing the moment, but he hasn’t yet spoken about it in length. He has said he’ll “talk about it at some point” eventually. Jada also addressed the incident on an episode of her Red Table Talk show, saying, “About Oscar night: My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.”