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Will Smith’s Mom Caroline Bright Reacts to Chris Rock Slap

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Will Smith’s mother, Caroline Bright, instructed 6ABC that she was shocked by her son’s meltdown throughout the 2022 Oscars. The 85-year-old gathered together with different family members on the morning of the ceremony in the suburbs of Philadelphia to watch the night play out.

“I started out saying, ‘Good morning, we’ve got to say good luck to Uncle Will,’” she mentioned, referring to a message she despatched on a family group chat. 

However the family members have been unprepared to watch Will, 53, as he stormed onstage after Chris Rock, 57, talked about Jada Pinkett Smith in a G.I. Jane joke that made enjoyable of her alopecia situation.  He proceeded to slap Chris earlier than returning to his seat and yelling for the comic to keep Jada’s title “out of your f—king mouth.”

“He is a very even, people person. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen him go off. First time in his lifetime … I’ve never seen him do that,” Caroline mentioned. 

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The family continued to watch, regardless of the drama, as they anticipated his win for Greatest Actor. “I know how he works, how hard he works … I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting,” Caroline mentioned. “When I heard the name, I was just, ‘Yes!’” she mentioned, referring to when Will gained the award for his position as Richard Williams in King Richard. 

Ellen Smith, Will’s youthful sister, mentioned she’s all the time watched him excel below strain regardless of the harsh Hollywood highlight. “I’ve had conversations with him, and it like really kind of broke my heart listening to the things he’s said he had to go through to get to where he is,” she shared. 

On Monday, March 28, the Aladdin star issued a formal public apology to Chris for his actions at the Oscars. “I was out of line and I was wrong,” Will wrote through Instagram on Tuesday, March 28. “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.”

Will’s family mentioned they’re satisfied he’ll proceed to take the proper path transferring ahead. “I am proud of him being him,” Caroline mentioned.