Will Smith Appears on ‘The Daily Show’ in First Late-Night Interview Since Oscars Slap: ‘That Is Not Who I Want to Be’

After a series of online statements and quiet public appearances over recent months, Will Smith took further steps back into the spotlight Monday evening, appearing for an interview on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” Promoting his new historical drama “Emancipation,” Smith’s conversation with the late-night host naturally dug into his Oscars night controversy, in which he slapped Chris Rock onstage as the comedian was introducing the category of best documentary feature.“I have been away,” Will Smith said, drawing a laugh from the crowd when the topic of his absence from the public eye came up.

“What have y’all been doing?”“That was a horrific night, as you can imagine.

There’s many nuances and complexities to it.

But at the end of the day, I just — I lost it, you know?” Smith continued.

“I was going through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behavior at all…

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