Tony Rock addresses Will Smith’s recent apology and hits back at those conflicted with his outrage at the infamous Oscar gossip

Will Smith Perhaps he was right to believe that his relationship with the comedian Tony Rock was irreparable.

Tony was among a crowd of celebrities and fans who disapproved of Smith for slapping Chris Rock in the face during the live broadcast of the Oscars in March. Smith dished out the attack when Chris made an impromptu joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Seemingly unbeknownst to Chris, the actress had spoken openly to the public about her struggles with hair loss after being diagnosed with alopecia.

Tony Rock (L) and Will Smith (R). Photo Marcus Ingram/Getty Images, by Robyn Beck/AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Image

Tony, the ‘Spiral’ actor’s younger brother, was very offended by Smith’s behavior. When the “King Richard” actor publicly apologized the day after the awards ceremony, Tony didn’t accept the gesture. Now, four months after the incident’s shock value diminished, Smith issued a second apology, but this time on video.

In the nearly six-minute video, Smith again apologized to Chris, the comedian’s mother, to fans and Tony. Smith and Tony had a longstanding friendship dating back to their time working on the sitcom All of Us. The show, loosely based on Smith’s relationship with Pinkett Smith and his ex-wife Sheree Zampino, ran for four seasons from 2003 to 2007.

“We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man and that’s probably irreparable,” Smith said on July 29. Barely a week after the video was released, Tony was taking questions from fans on Twitter when someone asked for his opinion on Smith’s apology.

“My thoughts? All the crumbs and losers on social media kept saying it had nothing to do with me and that I should shut up or stay out. Others said I (who has made a lot of money since 1999) tried the comment to gain notoriety,” Tony wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, he continued, “Now that they’ve been personally mentioned in the video, smart people (very few on social media) will realize I wasn’t just some guy looking in from the outside. It was a real friendship. So to all those idiots with their negative comments, you can respectfully SMD”

Chris has remained secretive about his true feelings regarding the viral incident. He’s only cracked a few jokes about getting hit by “Suge Knight,” and mentions he doesn’t plan to delve any deeper until Netflix gives him a decent check. Tony Rock addresses Will Smith’s recent apology and hits back at those conflicted with his outrage at the infamous Oscar gossip

James Brien

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