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Will Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage during the Oscars in Hollywood.
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1. Will Smith is 'trying not to think of myself as a piece of s--t'

Slap Discourse is like a slasher villain that somehow just keeps coming back. After laying low for months, Will Smith re-emerged Friday with his first on-camera apology for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. "There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave," he says as he apologizes to Rock and clarifies Jada Pinkett Smith had "nothing to do with" his actions. Now, he says he's "trying not to think of myself as a piece of s--t," and he reveals he reached out to Rock but was told "he's not ready to talk." The apology comes after what Smith described as months of "replaying and understanding the nuances" of the incident, though he won't "try to unpack all of that right now" — meaning, yes, we're nowhere near done with this saga, which is on pace to continue beyond the end of the Avatar franchise, The Winds of Winter's publication, and the heat death of the universe itself.

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