He continued:

I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.

I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.

I am a work in progress. Sincerely, Will.

While the comedian and Fargo actor has yet to make any official statements on the matter or responded to Smith’s apology, he has declined to press charges with the LAPD. In other news, per Complex, ticket sales for Rock’s upcoming comedy tour have increased exponentially since the Oscars ordeal.


Additionally, Richard Williams—the man at the center of King Richard—has also responded to the incident saying in a statement via his son to NBC News: “We don’t know all the details of what happened. But we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense.”