Smith slapped Chris Rock as he was making jokes on Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle.
"I'm being called on in my life to love people. And to protect people. And to be a river to my people. Now I know to do what we do, you gotta be able to take abuse," Smith said.
He further added, "You gotta be able to take people talking crazy about you… disrespecting you. And you have to smile and pretend that's okay,".
King Richard actor also said that at one’s highest moment, one has to be careful because that’s the time when the devil sways you and makes you do evil.
He concluded his speech on a lighter note by saying, "Hopefully the Academy invites me back,".