Hollywood actor Will Smith offered a public apology on Monday (28th March) to Chris Rock for smacking the comedian during Oscars ceremony,

as the body which oversees the awards said it was planning to launch a formal review of the incident.

Smith — who was named best actor on the night — stormed onto stage during the glamorous Hollywood event,

and hit Rock over a comedy routine about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.

“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.

I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family,” star wrote through a social media post.

He added, “I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.

I am a work in progress.”

Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. 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.

“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.

There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” wrote will in another slide of post.

Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, a condition causes hair fall, and had a buzz cut head at Sunday’s ceremony.

When the 94th Academy Awards were approaching the end, actor and comedian Chris Rock said that Pinkett Smith

looked like she was ready to star in “G.I. Jane 2,” a putative sequel of a movie about a female soldier with a shaved head.