"Will and his people know the best way to end this is to set up a meeting between Smith and Rock from which a picture is leaked to the press," an insider revealed to the publication. "The PR theory is that if Chris can forgive Will, then we the public can too."
"However, the big problem with that plan is getting Chris on board. Why would Chris do this? What is in it for him? It's obvious what Will would gain from the meeting but how would such an event help Chris?" the source asked, noting that Rock's upcoming comedy tour has been raking in sales in light of the incident.
Instead, Rock will likely be dealing with the situation in the best way he knows how — which is to make it into a punchline during his stand-up routines.
"I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Will Smith’s future is literally in the hands of Chris Rock,” added a friend of the comedian. “Chris is a good guy and wouldn’t do anything to hurt Will, but at the same time, I’m not sure he will do anything to help. Let’s be clear, Will is responsible for what happened, it is up to Will to fix it, not Chris.”
The Pursuit of Happyness actor, 53, already tried putting the situation to rest by issuing an apology via Instagram on Monday, March 28, where he claimed to be "embarrassed" by his "unacceptable" and "inexcusable" actions.
He explained in his apology that a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's medical condition was "too much for me to bear," causing him to react "emotionally." (The Red Table Talk host suffers from alopecia, which is an autoimmune disorder characterized by hair loss.)
As OK! reported, Smith snapped after Rock made a joke about his wife appearing in G.I. Jane 2, which was a diss at her shaved head.
Despite his apology, many still aren't convinced that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star deserves forgiveness just yet, considering the shocking slap that left the entire room completely appalled.
In addition to a slew of celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin, who have spoken out against the violent outburst, Jim Carrey also chimed in to slam Smith and condemn the fact that he still received a standing ovation after winning Best Actor for his role in King Richard.
"I was sickened. I was sickened by the standing ovation," Carrey stated in an interview with CBS Mornings on Tuesday, March 29. "Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren't the cool club anymore."
“I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for 200 million dollars because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous,” Carrey added in the interview. “That insult is gonna last a very long time."
"If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [that’s OK, but] you do not have the right to walk up onstage and smack somebody in the face ‘cuz they said words,'” the A-lister pointed out.
“I wish him the best, I really do… He’s done great things. But that was not a good moment. It cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment,” the Ace Ventura actor concluded. “It was such a selfish moment that cast a pall over the whole thing.”