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Moments after Will Smith released a video apology to Chris Rock that addressed some of the biggest questions that were still lingering in the wake of his Oscars slap, some of the cynical members of the Hollywood community started to ask, “Why now?” It has been months since Smith stole focus away from the Academy Awards by approaching Rock on stage at the Oscars and slapping him in response to a tasteless joke made at Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense. And while Smith has released a few brief statements, this longer apology appeared to come out of nowhere, and clarified very little. So, why did Smith decide to release this now? Well, Jada Pinkett Smith might have something to do with this.
As expected, Will Smith appeared remorseful in the video, and spoke directly to some of the concerns many had in the wake of the incident. He admitted that his relationship with Tony Rock is probably decimated, but that he’s working to bring himself back to a level of balance both personally and professionally. Now, sources are telling US Weekly that the decision to record and release the video wasn’t Will’s at all. Rather, it was Jada’s. The outlet reports that an insider told them: