Tony Rock Says His Friendship With Will Smith Was Shattered After He Slapped His Brother Chris At Oscars: 'Wasn't Just Some Dude On The Outside Looking In'

Tony Rock says that Will Smith hitting his brother Chris practically ended the friendship he had with him.
After being personally mentioned in Will Smith's July 29 apology video, Tony Rock has opened up about Smith and their fractured friendship after Smith punched Tony's brother Chris at the 2022 Oscars.
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Rock was asked about the apology, in which Smith said he acknowledges ruining the friendship he had with the Rocks, particularly Tony, with whom he described a "great relationship."
Rock wrote on Twitter about how the friendship fell apart and how he had to fight commenters who claimed he was only expressing feelings about the slap to capitalize on the popularity of the moment.
"My thoughts? All the crumbs and losers on social media have repeatedly said it has nothing to do with me and I should shut up or stay out," he wrote, according to the Atlanta Black Star. "Others said I (who has been a... made a lot of money) commented to gain notoriety.”
"Now that they've been personally mentioned in the video, smart people (very few on social media) will realize I wasn't just some guy looking in from the outside. It was a real friendship," he continued.
My thoughts? All the crumbs and losers on social media kept saying it had nothing to do with me and I should shut up or stay out. Others said I (who has been making a lot of money since 1999) commented to gain notoriety. (continued…) https://t.co/A2kcfMJNaz
— Tony Rock (@TONYROCK) August 2, 2022
Part II. Now that I've been personally mentioned in the video, smart people (very few on social media) will realize that I wasn't just some guy looking in from the outside. It was a real friendship. So to all those idiots with their negative comments, you can respectfully S.M.D https://t.co/A2kcfMJNaz
— Tony Rock (@TONYROCK) August 2, 2022
In the full apology video, Smith talks about the moments after he punched Chris Rock on stage and how he dealt with the aftermath.
"I was foggy at that point. It's all blurry," he said in the video, adding that he had reached out to rock camp for an apology.
"I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk. If he is, he'll get in touch. I'll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you," Smith said. "My behavior was unacceptable and I am here whenever you are ready to speak. I want to apologize to Chris' mother. I saw an interview that [she] did and that was one of the things that I just didn't realize. I wasn't thinking, but how many people were hurt in that moment."
"I want to apologize to Chris' mother, I want to apologize to Chris' family, especially Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. It's probably irreparable," he continued.
"I've spent the last three months trying to understand the nuance and complexity of what happened in that moment. I'm not going to try to unpack it all now, but I can tell you all, there isn't a part of me that thinks this was the right way to behave in that moment. No part of me thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a feeling of disrespect or insult.”
Smith also apologized to his own family, including his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, for putting them in such a precarious position.
Tony Rock
American actor and comedian
Will Smith
US-American actor
Chris Rock
American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director

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