Got his back. Will Smith and ex Sheree Zampino reunited after his wild night at the Oscars on Sunday, Mar. 28. During the rollercoaster ceremony, he earned the top acting trophy after stepping onto the stage to slap presenter Chris Rock for he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.
Sheree, who was married to Will from 1992 to 1995 and shares his eldest son Trey with, celebrated the King Richard star’s Best Actor with him after and later shared an Instagram of the moment. In the snap, she beamed while holding the Fresh Prince star’s trophy as he wrapped his arm around her and smiled, looking remarkably cool and composed considering the evening’s events.
She decided to keep the slapping incident at a distance in her caption, choosing instead to focus on the family’s victory. “Epic Night! Congratulations again – when 1 wins we all win!” Sheree, who is set to appear on the next season of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, wrote, adding the tag, #family1st.
Will, however, was ready to address the elephant in the room by Monday. He released a statement apologizing for his actions, admitting he was “out of line” and “wrong” to strike Chris. “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” he wrote. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
Meanwhile, the Academy is “reviewing” the incident and determining whether they need to “explore further action”. In a statement, the organization said, “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”