Kevin Hart shares an update on Will Smith nearly four months after he slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Hart, who is close friends with Smith, spoke with Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his new animated movie “DC League of Super-Pets” in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
“Will is apologizing, you know, he’s in a better space, of course, than he was looking for,” he said on the red carpet. “People are human, and as humans we sometimes make mistakes. So it’s not about talking about the past, it’s about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward. before.”
Hart shared with the outlet that he hopes his two friends can “get over” the violent event that happened while Rock was presenting an award.
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“I can only hope they both find a way to find some solace in this and move on,” he continued. “I just like good energy. I like seeing people be the best.”
Hart added: “I still love him, I still love Chris and, you know, you can’t judge a person on just one thing. At the end of the day, life goes on and people grow, so give it to him. opportunity to do so.”
Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, addressed the viral moment on an episode of “Red Table Talk” in June. During this time, she pushed Rock and her husband to “reconcile”.
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“When it comes to Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two smart, capable men have the opportunity to heal, to talk about it, and to reconcile,” she said.
“The state of the world today, we need both. And we all need each other more than ever. Until then, Will and I continue to do what we have been doing for the past 28 years. , and let’s continue to understand this thing called life together. Thank you for listening.
There “King RichardThe star received backlash on March 27 after slapping Rock on stage at the 94th Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s bald head.
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After Smith’s attack, he returned to his seat and angrily yelled twice at Rock to “get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth”. When Smith took the stage less than an hour later to accept his Oscar, he tearfully apologized to the Academy, but notably omitted any mention of Rock.
Smith was banned from attending an Oscar events for the next 10 years after the onstage incident. The punishment came after the actor resigned from the academy.
Prior to resignation and punishment, Smith publicly apologized to Rock via Instagram.