Don’t expect Chris Rock and Will Smith to be hugging anytime soon.
After Smith broke his silence on the Oscar gossip in a video on Friday — apologizing to Rock and saying he’s “here whenever you’re ready to talk” — word seems to be back that Smith isn’t the should hold his breath.
“Chris has no plans to reach out to Will,” a source said entertainment tonight on Monday. The insider went on to question the timing of Smith’s video, suggesting it was more to help himself, adding, “He needs the public’s forgiveness, not Chris.”
A persons The magazine source had a similar party line, saying: “Chris doesn’t need to talk. This is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris. Will must deal with his problems. Chris is fine.”
A second person told this outlet: “The fact that [Rock] Joking about it is a good thing. That is, he evaluates it. But the stress of the slap and the aftermath didn’t take over his life. But on the contrary.”
It’s true – Rock referenced the March 27 incident in his article ego death world tour, that started after the Oscars. In May, he made comments about “getting his hearing back” after being “slapped in the face”. This past weekend, while performing in Atlanta, Rock referred to 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 news services, Smith sources have also made it clear that the video wasn’t just a publicity stunt.
“There was no point or reason for it other than that time had passed, the job was done, the same questions had arisen and people really wanted to hear from him,” said an insider persons. “There was just a general feeling that it’s time and he’s in a place where he wanted to say more things.”
The person said Smith was “deeply remorseful, he still has a lot of work to do and he’s human too and he made a mistake. He will move forward with the same positive attitude he has always had.”
In the meantime Us weekly suggested that Jada Pinkett Smith was a driving force behind the video. She was, of course, Rock’s target GI Jane Oscars night joke that prompted Smith to storm the stage to smack and curse an unsuspecting Rock who was reportedly unaware she had alopecia.
Smith “never wanted to” apologize publicly, this outlet claimed, but Pinkett Smith has “urged Will to apologize because it’s gotten to be this really dark cloud over her.” Conversation at the Red Table Series” because people were looking for “any mention of that moment” on her show. Smith’s team “hoped the controversy would subside, but that’s just not the case” and it has “become impossible for him to successfully advance unless he does.” [addressed it]’ an insider claimed.
Rock and Smith officials have not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
On Friday, Smith dropped the video and said he was answering fan questions 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 my own choice based on my own experiences and history with Chris,” he said. “Jada had nothing to do with it.”
Shortly after his outburst on Oscar night, Smith awkwardly won the best actor award without apologizing in his speech to Rock. Then he went to the Oscars parties and celebrated his win. He said Friday that he was “dizzy” after the slap and the rest of the night was “blurred”.
The day after the slap, Smith apologized on Instagram and said he was “out of line” for hitting Rock, but said the joke about “Jada’s health” upset him. Days later, amid an investigation into the events of that night, Smith resigned from the Academy and issued another statement, calling his behavior “inexcusable”. A week later, the organization banned him from the Oscars and other events for 10 years.