"I've reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk," he said.
Smith did win Best Actor for his role in King Richard that night, but he did not specifically apologize to Rock.
Insisting that his wife was not the cause of the slap, he went on to say that he made the choice on his own.
"Jada had nothing to do with it; I'm sorry, babe."
Smith further went on to claim that "disappointing people" is his "central trauma."
"It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn't live up to people's image and impression of me, and the work I am trying to do is I am deeply remorseful."
\u201cWill Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for the Oscars slap in a 5-minute long video\n\n\u201cI reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is he\u2019s not ready to talk but when he is, he will reach out\u201d\n\nhttps://t.co/FlZjiL8s5Q\u201d