The actor appeared on his first late night interview since the viral moment earlier this year.

Will Smith is on his first big press tour following the infamous Oscars Slap, and the actor is once again apologizing for hitting presenter Chris Rock in the face on stage earlier this year. The actor has already done multiple interviews, and as you'd expect, the slap has been a big topic in each conversation.

The press tour is for Smith's upcoming movie, Emancipation, in which he plays a runaway slave named Peter who joins the Union Army in the Civil War. Emancipation is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and is coming to select cinemas on December 2 and Apple TV+ on December 9.

Smith appeared on last night's edition of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for his first late night television interview since the incident occurred. The actor was very emotional discussing his experience with Noah, giving us the most detail about that night since it all went down.

“That was a horrific night, as you can imagine,” Smith said. “There's many nuances and complexities to it, but at the end of the day, I just, I lost it… You just don't know what's going on with people… And I was going through something that night… Not that that justifies my behavior at all.”

The actor also told Noah that he's spent most of his life as someone who tries to avoid conflict, causing his anger to bubble up beneath the surface.

“It was a lot of things… It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother… All of that just bubbled up in that moment. You know, that's not who I want to be… I was gone… That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time.”

Smith also talked to EW about the viral moment. In that interview, the actor explained his wish to move the spotlight away from his actions at the Oscars, and instead focus on what he calls the brilliant filmmaking on display from the team behind Emancipation.

“The only discomfort my heart has around that is that so many people have done spectacular work on this film,” Smith tells about the lingering focus on his actions last March. “I definitely lose a couple winks of sleep every night thinking that I could have potentially penalized my team, but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure everyone gets seen in the light that they deserve.”

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And just yesterday, Smith spoke to journalist Kevin McCarthy about the slap, saying he understands if some fans aren't willing to support his work yet.

“I completely understand that if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” Smith told. “My deepest concern is my team… My deepest hope is that my actions don't penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for.”

Smith has previously apologized for slapping Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, both in a written statement and a video. While fans may forgive Smith for what happened, it won't change that the actor has been banned from the Oscars and other Academy events for the next ten years.

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Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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