‘He is still remorseful’: Will Smith ‘has tried unsuccessfully to make amends with Chris Rock’ following Oscars slap – after comedian addressed incident in ‘brutal’ Netflix special

Will Smith is ‘still remorseful’ over slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars and has tried ‘unsuccessfully’ to make amends with the comedian, a source told People this week.

The actor, 54, sent shockwaves around the world when he slapped Rock, 58, onstage after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head – with Rock tearing into Will and Jada‘s relationship and addressing the slap on new Netflix show, Selective Outrage.

A source told the publication Smith has ‘felt terrible for so long’, adding: ‘He’s tried unsuccessfully to make amends in the best way he could with Chris.

‘But beyond that, family is important to him and [Smith] leaned on them. It all has helped him look inside and mature. He is better but still remorseful.

‘Will listened to those who tried to help him and feels that he has become a better person.’

Remorse: Will Smith is 'still remorseful' over slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars and has tried 'unsuccessfully' to make amends with the comedian, a source told People this week
+6
View gallery

Remorse: Will Smith is ‘still remorseful’ over slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars and has tried ‘unsuccessfully’ to make amends with the comedian, a source told People this week

Response: Bringing Jada up in the show, he addressed her affair and his frustration that he was the one who 'bore the brunt' of the couple's marital troubles
+6


View gallery

Response: Chris ‘s long-awaited public response to being slapped by Smith has been met with high praise – with some calling it the ‘best brutal takedown’ in history

Chris‘s long-awaited public response to being slapped by Smith has been met with high praise – with some calling it the ‘best brutal takedown’ in history.

An industry source told People that Rock  ‘is riding high from the Netflix special.’

They added: ‘He said what he needed to say and doesn’t give a s*** about the reaction either way. He isn’t worried.

‘People have been waiting for [Rock’s] reaction for a year. For the most part, I think it was well received. People don’t expect sugarcoating from Chris Rock.’

During his new Netflix standup special which premiered live Saturday night, Rock verbally hit back at Smith a year after the incident that saw Smith banned from the Academy.

In a nearly two minute segment, Rock fired off at Smith’s decision to slap him on stage at the awards ceremony, making Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith the butt of his joke about her infidelity.

‘Everybody called him a b**ch, and who’s he hitting? Me,’ Rock joked to a crowd that included a friend of Meghan Markle‘s who was spotted laughing backstage, according to Page Six.

The comedian also took aim at the former ‘Suits’ actress during his special, saying she was ‘acting all dumb’ for not realizing the royal family are the ‘OGs of racism.’

Rock’s rant has since been applauded on social media as ‘the perfect/best way’ to get back at Smith for the moment that changed both of their careers.

The comedian made audience members and live viewers wait until the last ten minutes of ‘Chris Rock: Selective Outrage’ before he addressed the slap.

‘You all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith,’ the comedian joked. Rock said: ‘It still hurts. I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.’

Back on: Jada and Will have since repaired their relationship and have 'really gotten to that new place of unconditional love' (pictured November 2022)
+6
View gallery

Digs: Bringing Jada up in the show, he addressed her affair and his frustration that he was the one who ‘bore the brunt’ of the couple’s marital troubles

Bringing Jada up in the show, he addressed her affair and his frustration that he was the one who ‘bore the brunt’ of the couple’s marital troubles.

‘Will Smith practices selective outrage,’ Rock said, giving a nod to the special’s title.

‘Everybody that really knows knows I had nothing to do with that. I didn’t have any entanglements…She hurt him way more than he hurt me.’

The slap occurred last year after Rock made a joke about Pinkett-Smith’s bald head, caused by alopecia.

Rock had joked that Pinkett-Smith was rocking a ‘G.I. Jane’ look which caused her husband to storm the stage and slap him, followed by him repeating: ‘Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!’

During his new standup special, Rock joked about his struggle in the year since.

‘Anybody that say “words hurt” has never been punched in the face,’ he said.

‘But I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying,’ Rock said. He joked that he ‘took that s**t like [Manny] Pacquaio.’

The crowd in the audience laughed out loud while those at home took to social media to give their thoughts.

Chris Rock mocks Will Smith and accuses star of ‘selective outrage’

‘Like most comedians I’m continuously grateful for the existence of Chris Rock. Thank you comedy gods,’ wrote fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan.

‘Listen me when I tell you. THIS IS THE MOST SAVAGE MIC DROP OF ALL TIME. NUF RESPEC,’ wrote on Twitter user.

That user was referencing the mic drop at the end of his special when he responds to those who have asked why he didn’t slap Smith back, saying: ‘You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.’

This comes after people called out Chris for getting a fact about Will Smith wrong for a joke he made during his Netflix special.

Chris quipped that he felt the slap and brought up some of Will’s movie roles to illustrate that one of them was an action star and the other a funny guy.

He said: ‘I know you can’t tell on camera – Will Smith is significantly bigger than me. We are not the same size, okay? Will Smith does movies with his shirt off. You’ve never seen me do a movie with my shirt off.

Deliberate? Fans have criticised Chris Rock for 'deliberately' choosing the city of Baltimore - Jada Pinkett Smith's hometown - to shoot his new Netflix special
+6
View gallery

Deliberate? Fans have criticised Chris Rock for ‘deliberately’ choosing the city of Baltimore – Jada Pinkett Smith’s hometown – to shoot his new Netflix special

Will Smith breaks his silence after infamous Chris Rock slap

‘If I’m in a movie getting open heart surgery, I’ve got on a sweater. Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie.’

The comedian went on to compare their roles in cartoons, saying: ‘even in animated movies, I’m a zebra, he’s a f**king shark’.

This is in reference to the 2004 movie Shark Tale.

But Chris’ fans pointed out that Will did not play a shark but instead gave his voice to a fish, a bluestreak cleaner wrasse named Oscar to be precise.

Fans also  criticised Chris Rock for ‘deliberately’ choosing the city of Baltimore –  Pinkett Smith’s hometown – to shoot his new Netflix special.

Related Posts

Kim Kardashian’s Divorce Bombshell: The Scandalous Events That Led to the End of Kimye!

Kim Kardashiaп aпd Kaпye West have experieпced both highs aпd lows over the years.Kardashiaп aпd West met iп the early 2000s wheп he was recordiпg a soпg with her pal Braпdy,…

Step Inside Kim Kardashian’s Ghostbusters Wonderland for Psalm’s 5th – Prepare to Be Amazed!

Kim Kardashiaп shared several photos from her soп Psalm’s lavish 5th birthday party oп her Iпstagram accoυпt oп Tυesday.The 43-year-old reality televisioп maiпstay threw a Ghostbυsters-themed party for her yoυпgest…

Kim Kardashian’s Malibu Hideaway: Family Bliss Sans Kanye West Shocks Fans!

Kim Kardashian still spends much of her time at her enormous Hidden Hills estate. She still owns a lavish apartment in Calabasas, two “extra” homes in Hidden…

Jaw-Dropping Transformation: Khloe Kardashian Unveils Dazzling New Look Hours After Standing by Ex’s Side!

Khloe Kardashian turned heads with a dramatically different style, stepping out just one day after she was seen cheering for her ex-boyfriend at a public event. The…

Sibling Showdown: Kourtney Kardashian’s Startling Admission – ‘I Can’t Stand Kim!’

In a candid conversation with a leading entertainment magazine, Kourtney Kardashian dropped a bombshell, revealing that she harbors feelings of hatred towards her sister Kim. The revelation…

Kourtney Kardashian Drops Bombshell: Son Mason’s Dramatic Appearance Transformation Explained!

KARDASHIAN fans are shocked at how different Kourtney’s son Mason looks after spotting the teen out with his mom.Kourtney, 43, enjoyed a day out with her eldest…