Tony Rock says Will Smith slapping his brother Chris practically ended his friendship with him.
After being personally mentioned in Will Smith’s July 29 apology video, Tony Rock has spoken about Smith and their broken friendship after Smith slapped Tony’s brother Chris at the 2022 Oscars.
Rock was asked about the apology, in which Smith said he acknowledged having ruined the friendship he had with the Rocks, particularly with Tony, with whom he described having a “great relationship”.
On Twitter, Rock wrote about how the friendship fell apart and how he had to fight off the commenters, alleging he only expressed feelings about the slap in the face to take advantage of the popularity at the time.
“My thoughts? All the crumbs and losers on social media have said over and over that this has nothing to do with me and that I should shut up or stay out of this,” he wrote, according to Atlanta Black Star, “Others have said that I (who has been making big money since 1999) was commenting in an effort to gain notoriety.”
“Now, after being mentioned personally in the video, smart people (very few on social media) will realize that I wasn’t just some guy on the outside looking inside. There was a true friendship,” he continued.
In the full apology video, Smith talks about the moments after slapping Chris Rock on stage and how he dealt with the fallout.
“I was foggy at that time. It’s all a blur,” he said in the video, adding that he’s reached out to Camp Rock to try and apologize.
“I contacted Chris and the message that came back is that he is not ready to talk. When he is, he will reach out. I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you,” said Smith “My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk. I want to apologize to Chris’ mum. I saw an interview [she] did, and that was one of the things that I just didn’t realize. I did not think, but how many people were injured at that time.
“I want to apologize to Chris’ mom, I want to apologize to Chris’ family, especially Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. It’s probably beyond repair,” he continued.
“I’ve spent the last three months replaying to understand the nuance and complexity of what happened at that time. I’m not going to try to unpack it all now, but I can tell you all that ‘there’s no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at the time. No part of me thinks that’s the best way to deal with feelings of disrespect or disrespect. ‘insult.
Smith also apologized to his own family, including his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, for putting them in such a precarious position.