Will Smith teases return to social media after apology for infamous Oscar slap

Will Smith teases return to social media after apology for infamous Oscar slap

94th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

94th Annual Academy Awards – Arrivals

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Will Smith is using his humor in an attempt to reconnect with fans.

On Friday, Fresh prince of Bel Air The star posted a video on Instagram giving a humorous tip to her more than 63 million followers about her possible return to social media.

Smith, 53, shared a classic viral clip of a baby gorilla poking an enormous gorilla from behind to get its attention. The Silverback gorilla, who didn’t seem amused by the action, chased the baby gorilla after his second attempt to get the adult to play.

“Me trying to get back on social media,” he wrote in the caption.

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Her post was met with support from some of her fans in the comments section, and as of Saturday morning, it had over 1.3 million likes.

“Lol. Let’s welcome you back man! We miss you! Everyone goes through shit. You’re human, just like the rest of us! GET BACK WILL!” wrote a fan. Another commented, “ANIMAL KINGDOM IS WITH YOU WILL 🦬.” While a third user added: “We love and miss you Will ❤️”.

The last post came after the King Richard The actor posted an apology video to Chris Rock last month. Smith attacked the comedian onstage at the 94th Academy Awards in March after a joke made by Rock, 57, about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. (The actress, 50, lives with alopecia.)

The Oscar explosion led to months of repercussions for the best actor winner, who resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned from attending Academy events for 10 years.

In the apology clip posted in late July, Smith stated that he had contacted Rock privately and that he had received a message that the comedian and actor were “not ready to talk” but “will be ready” when they are.

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Will Smith

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Hours after the video was released, Rock joked about the slap — but didn’t address Smith’s apology — during his show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

This past weekend, Will and Jada were spotted in Malibu, their first public appearance together since the Oscars incident.

A source later told PEOPLE: “Will is doing well. He spends a lot of time with Jada. He is very happy with her constant support. They are very close and supportive of each other. Family is everything to them.”

Will feels he has “learned a lot in the last few months,” the source said.

Another source added: “Will is happy with the support he always gets from Jada.”

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Jada has since addressed the incident in an episode of her Red Table Talk show, saying, “On Oscars night: My deepest hope is that these two smart and capable men will have the opportunity to heal, talk it out, and reconcile. With the state of the world today, we need both, and everyone we really need each other more than ever. Until then, Will and I continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past 28 years – and that’s [to] keep discovering this thing called life together.”

Meanwhile, a source previously told PEOPLE that Rock had “followed up” the incident before Smith issued the public apology.

“Chris doesn’t need to talk. This is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris,” the source said of the duo. “Will needs to deal with his problems. Chris is fine.”

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