Will Smith tearfully explains why he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars – National

In his first appearance on the late-night talk show since “the whole world heard the slap,” Will Smith addressed his attack on comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday. March.

While as a guest on the second episode of Daily Show with Trevor NoahSmith, 54, described the Oscars as a “night of terror”.

“There is a lot of nuance and complexity to it. But at the end of the day, I just–I lost it,” Smith said in the emotional interview. (NOTE: The broadcasting network – Comedy Central – did not make the video interview available to a Canadian audience.)

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During the Oscars ceremony in March, Rock, 57, performed a GI Jane joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia areata, which causes a lot of hair loss. Smith stepped onto the stage from his front row and performed a swing at the Rock with his open palm, delivering a massive smash. Smith returned to his seat and shouted to Rock, “Get my wife’s name out of your mouth!”

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That same night, Smith continued to win the best actor award for his role in King Richard.

Smith later apologized for slapping Rock. He was banned from the Academy Awards for 10 years.

Above Daily program, Smith said he “went through something that night.” The actor did not specify what this was, but made it clear that it did not justify his actions.

“I guess what I mean is you never know what someone is going through,” he said.

Still, Smith sympathized with the international upset caused by the televised slap.

“I understand how shocking that is for people,” he said. “I have left. It was a rage that had been suppressed for a long time.”

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Smith also claimed that witnessing domestic violence during his childhood contributed to the assault against Rock.

“It’s a lot of things; the boy himself witnessed his father beat his mother. All of that just surfaced in that moment,” he said. “That’s not who I want to be.”

In March, shortly before the Oscars, Smith spoke to Gayle King about allegations of domestic abuse. At the time, he claimed that his “suffering” made him the person he is today.

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Smith also released his memoirs Will in 2021, which outlines his efforts to accept his past alleged acts of domestic violence, including his self-admitted desire to kill his late father .

Although he remains barred from the Academy Awards, Smith has been negotiated as a potential nominee for best actor next year for his upcoming role on a real-life slave man called “Whipped Peter” in the movie liberate, release, free. Widely circulated photographs of Peter’s scarred back helped boost support for abolitionists during the Civil War.

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Even though Smith told Noah it was “killing me” that everyone could veto liberate, release, free due to his behavior at the Oscars, Smith also said he “completely understands.”

Next year’s Oscars ceremony is scheduled to take place in March and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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