Chris Rock Opens Up About Will Smith’s Oscars Slap Controversy
Chris Rock has finally broken his silence about the now infamous slap in the face he received at the hands of Will Smith at this year’s Academy Awards.
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Chris Rock Opens Up About Will Smith’s Slap at the Oscars
Chris Rock took to the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night. He joined Kevin Hart where they co-headlined the Only Headliners Allowed comedy tour.
Controversial comedian Dave Chappelle was a surprise guest at Saturday’s concert.
During his set, Rock subtly mocked Will Smith when he reportedly “made a joke about Will during a bit about ‘cancel culture’.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, the 57-year-old actor joked, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”
Additionally, Hart joined in on the fun when he brought a live goat onstage and named it ‘Will Smith’ during the event.
For the inexperienced, Rock poked fun at the expense of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head during the star-studded ceremony.
He said, ‘Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it.’
This prompted Smith to storm the stage and punch Rock in the face. He also verbally abused the host by yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
Rock went on to comment on the infamous slap during his performance the next day at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
According to Us magazine, Rock said, “I’m not a victim, you son of a bitch.” Yeah, that hurts, motherfucker. But I shook that shit off and went to work the next day… I’m not going to the hospital for a paper cut’, during a segment about overly sensitive people.
Chris Rock won’t talk about the slap unless he gets paid
Chris Rock has previously stated in multiple interviews that he will not publicly address the altercation between him and Will Smith.
The comedian once said, ‘People expect me to talk about bulls**t. I’m not going to talk about that now. I will eventually, on Netflix.
Most recently, he shared that he wouldn’t talk about the infamous slap until he got paid for it while performing at California’s Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio last month.
He said, ‘I’m fine. I have a full show, and I’m not going to talk about it until I get paid.
Meanwhile, Kevin Hart gave an update on Smith’s mental health in an interview. He reported: ‘Will apologizes, you know, he’s in a better place, of course, than he was looking for.’