Kevin Hart insists Will Smith is in 'better space' following Oscars slap controversy

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Kevin Hart has reassured fans Will Smith is in a "better space" now than he was following his Oscars slap controversy in March.

The King Richard actor stepped away from the public eye after he apologised for slapping Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Will's friend Kevin was asked if he had spoken to him since the controversy and he shared an update.

"Ah, yeah, look, Will is apologetic, you know, he's in a better space, of course, than what he was after," he said. "People are human and as humans sometimes we make mistakes. So it's not about talking about the past, it's about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward."

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor added that he hopes both Will and Chris can move on from the incident and that his friend won't be judged by his behaviour at the awards show forever.

"I can get only hope that the two of them find a way to find some solace in that and move past it. I just like good energy. I love to see people be the best," Kevin continued. "I still love him, I still love Chris, and, you know, you can't judge a person by one thing. Ultimately, life goes on and people grow, so give him the opportunity to do so."