Will Smith apologised to Chris Rock for the Oscars slap controversy in his first on-camera apology since the incident

Will Smith has released an YouTube video titled "It's Been A Minute" addressing questions people asked after the incident and apologized to Chris Rock

During Oscar night on 27th March 2022, Chris Rock joked about Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith referencing her shaved head to which Smith responded by slapping Chris Rock on the stage

In his YouTube video Will Smith denounced his "irreparable" actions and extended his apology to Chris Rock's mother and his brother

The day after the Academy Awards, Smith apologized to Rock and the Academy in an Instagram post on March 28.

The Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned Will Smith from Academy events, including the Oscars, for 10 years

"I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world. If you hang on, I promise we'll be able to be friends again," Smith said in his video.

"I was fogged out by that point. It's all fuzzy. I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out, So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you" Smith said. 

Smith said he "spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment."