She also is extremely proud of her son for winning his first-ever Oscar.
Carolyn Smith, Will Smith's mother, talks about her reaction to her son slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. As we reported earlier, Smith went up the stage and slapped Rock after he made an insensitive joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair. He then went ahead to win the Best Actor award for his film King Richard. Carolyn spoke to 6abc and expressed her pride as her son won his first-ever Oscar. She said, "I know how he works, how hard he works...I've been waiting and waiting and waiting. When I heard the name, I was just, 'Yes!' "
She further said that she was extremely excited about the Oscars and was the first one to send a morning text on the family group chat. She wrote, "Good morning, we've got to say good luck to Uncle Will." Smith's whole family gathered in their house in the Philadelphia suburbs to watch the Oscars on TV and support Smith. However, they never expected that the night will take a surprising turn with Smith hitting his friend, Rock in front of the entire audience. Carolyn told the outlet, "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." She clarified that this vulnerable moment isn't the definition of his character. He is a calm man and always works to keep his family together. Carolyn added, "I am proud of him being him."
For Will Smith’s mother, Sunday night was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for several reasons.https://t.co/Zjp7ImfXLw— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 29, 2022
Ellen Smith, Will Smith's sister, spoke to 6abc and said that she is proud of her brother as he dealt with immense pressure from Hollywood. According to her, he has continued to excel even after being in the spotlight. She said, "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." Everyone has different opinions about the incident that unfolded at the Oscars, but Smith's family totally supports him and knows that he will take the right steps moving forward.
Will Smith released a statement a day after the Oscars apologizing to Chris Rock and taking accountability for his behavior. "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable." He added, "A joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally." As we reported earlier, Pinkett Smith has been open about her struggle with alopecia areata, which causes sudden and unexpected hair loss. Smith added in his apology, "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." He also offered his apology to the Academy, the audience, the producers of the show and everyone who watched the incident on television.
The film academy said it will evaluate Smith's activities and "explore further action and consequences in accordance with our bylaws, standards of conduct, and California law" after scheduling a board of governors meeting to discuss the event on Monday, per Associated Press. Chris Rock has denied filing any legal charges against Smith.
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