“Over the past few months, I have been doing a lot of thinking and personal work…,” the statement reads. “You asked a lot of fair questions and I’d like to take some time to answer them.”
Smith can be heard sighing as he enters the screen and tells the camera why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscar acceptance speech following his best actor win for “King Richard.”
“I was in a fog at the time,” Smith says. “It’s all a blur, I approached Chris and he wasn’t ready to talk and when he was, the message that came back was that he would reach out and say, ‘I’m telling you Chris, I’m apologizing to you. My behavior is unacceptable and whenever you’re ready to talk I’m I’m here.”
CNN has reached out to Rock’s representatives for comment.
“We had a great relationship,” Smith says. “Tony Rock is my man, it’s probably irreparable.”
Smith walked across the stage at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock, who was then in attendance, for making fun of Smith’s wife’s shaved head.
Pinkett Smith suffers from hair loss due to alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss.
In his video, Smith also answers a question about whether or not he asked Rock to do something, saying he didn’t, after rolling his eyes at Rock’s joke.
He apologizes to her, their children, and his fellow Academy Award nominees in office.
Smith said, “Playing back the last three months, I understand the nuances and complexities of what happened at that time.”
“I’m not going to try to unpack all of that now, but I can tell you all that there was no part of me that thought that was the right way to behave at that time,” he says. “There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the best way to handle feelings of disrespect or contempt.”
Smith added that it pains him that he doesn’t live up to the image people have of him.
“Letting people down is my central trauma,” he says. “I hate letting people down, so it hurts.”
Smith is sending a message to her supporters, saying she is committed to “putting light and love and happiness in the world.”
“If you wait, I promise we can be friends again,” he concludes.