Will Smith Losing 8K Followers a Day, Chris Rock Gaining Post-Oscars Slap

Actor Will Smith is losing thousands of followers daily on Instagram, in the months following the Oscars slap, while comedian Chris Rock is steadily gaining followers.

New statistics from I Love SEO show that the King Richard star has been losing an average of 8,000 Instagram followers a day, and is down a whopping 256,110 this past month.

This year's Oscars ceremony in March will forever be remembered for the now-infamous slap. During the awards event, Rock joked about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, prompting her husband to walk on stage and strike the comedian.

"Keep my wife's name out your f***ing mouth!" Will Smith was heard saying after the slap.

While Rock has embarked on a U.S. tour and is due to star in the upcoming feature film Amsterdam with Christian Bale, John David Washington and Margot Robbie, Smith has kept a very low profile since the March incident.

Smith still boasts a staggering 64.1 million followers on Instagram, while Rock has a more modest 6 million.

Chris Rock, Will Smith
The Oscars this year will forever be remembered for the now infamous slap—when Will Smith took to the stage and slapped Chris Rock across the face. Getty Images

Research provided to Newsweek shows that Smith gained 4.9 million followers at the end of March (after the Oscars) and went on to reap 2.1 million in April. However, he lost 193,128 in May, and 256,110 in June.

Meanwhile, Rock gained 1,155,773 followers at the end of March after the incident, before going on to garner 261,230 in April, 63,463 in May, and 62,606 in June.

The comedian has been posting regularly, with his posts mainly about his Ego Death tour and other upcoming projects.

Smith, meanwhile, has not posted on his account since March when he released a statement about the slap and apologized to Rock.

"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive," Smith's apology at the time read. "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."

Addressing Rock directly, he added: "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."

He also resigned his membership from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned from all Academy events for 10 years.

Although the actor has made any public appearances in recent months, his friend, comedian Kevin Hart, said last week that Smith is in a "better space."

"Will is apologetic, you know, he's in a better space, of course, than what he was after. People are human and as humans sometimes we make mistakes," Hart told Entertainment Tonight.

"So it's not about talking about the past, it's about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward."