Tennis legend Serena Williams spoke about last year’s Oscar moment that overshadowed the entire Oscars when the film about her father received six nominations and won Will Smith a Best Actor award.
However, it was Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith that caught the world’s attention last March. Williams, whose father starred in ‘King Richard,’ spoke to CBS’ Gayle King about the famous moment.
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“I thought it would be such an incredible movie and I feel like there was an incredible movie after that with Questlove that was kind of overshadowed,” she said. “But I also feel like I was in a position where I was under a lot of pressure and made a lot of mistakes, and I’m the kind of person who says, ‘I’ve been there. I made a mistake It’s not the end of the world.
“We’re all imperfect, and we’re all human, and let’s just be nice to each other. Well, that’s often forgotten a lot.”
In July, Smith spoke about slapping in a video posted to YouTube.
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He apologized to Rock’s family and admitted that hitting the comedian was his own decision.
“I can tell you all that no part of me thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment,” Smith said. “There’s no part of me that thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a feeling of disrespect or insult.”
Smith ended the video by declaring that “disappointing people” is his “core trauma.”
“I hate when I let people down,” Smith said. “Well, it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I haven’t lived up to people’s image and impression of me, and the work I’m trying to do is to be deeply repentant and try to be repentant without shame .”
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“I’m human,” he continued. “And I made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit. So I would say to those people, I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking but I promise you I am deeply dedicated and committed to bringing light, love and joy into the world and you know if you hold on I promise we can be friends again.”
Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.