Will Smith’s video apology to Chris Rock for his “unacceptable” slap on the 2022 Oscars is “too little, too late,” a Hollywood comedy insider tells Web page Six solely.
“He didn’t do that from the goodness of his coronary heart,” the insider says. “Will has realized he’s not as well-liked as he was once, that the furor of ‘the slap’ will not be going away, and he actually has performed lasting harm to his profession.
“Folks simply don’t overlook that Will Smith assaulted somebody on nationwide tv, then went out and partied like a rock star on the Self-importance Truthful get together.”
Smith, 53, stated in a YouTube message Friday that he was “fogged out” within the moments after the notorious slap on March 27, which is why he didn’t apologize to Rock in his Greatest Actor acceptance speech later within the night.
“I reached out to Chris, and the message that got here again is he’s not prepared to speak, however when he’s, he’ll attain out,” the “King Richard” star stated. “I’ll say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My habits was unacceptable, and I’m right here everytime you’re prepared to speak.”
Will Smith’s apology video to Chris Rock “appears staged,” a comedy insider says.Will Smith/YouTube
Smith waxed on within the video, “Disappointing individuals is my central trauma. I hate once I let individuals down, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t stay as much as individuals’s picture and impression of me.
“The work I’m making an attempt to do is I’m deeply remorseful, and I’m making an attempt to be remorseful with out being ashamed of myself.”
He added, “I’m human, and I made a mistake, and I’m making an attempt not to think about myself as a bit of s–t.”
The notorious Oscars 2022 slap nonetheless stings, Hollywood insiders say.Getty Photos
However the Hollywood insider notes that the video “seems prefer it was staged by a crew of therapists and publicists,” telling us, “Even the set seems like a nasty psychiatrist’s workplace. It appears disingenuous.
“However the message seems to be clear to everybody in comedy — Will nonetheless wants much more extra remedy.”
After maintaining mum for months, Rock, 57, lastly broke his silence on the slap heard all over the world, saying throughout a stand-up present in New York final Saturday, “Yeah, that s–t damage, motherf–ker, however I shook that s–t off and went to work the following day.
“Anybody who says ‘phrases damage’ has by no means been punched within the face,” the comic declared whereas performing alongside Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Rock not too long ago addressed the slap for the primary time in depth.AFP through Getty Photos
Rock’s publicist, Leslie Sloane, didn’t remark when reached by Web page Six.
However the insider asks, “Why is Will apologizing now? What occurred that opened his eyes? The place has he been hiding?
“Or is it that Will learn the protection of Chris’ exhibits and at last felt he needed to formally handle it for his personal profession?”
The insider sniffs, “That is all so manufactured.”
A rep for Smith didn’t instantly get again to us.