Chris Rock has addressed the infamous slap he received from Will Smith.The comedian touched on the incident during a stand-up performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday.The 57-year-old used humour to make light of the event – joking about th…
Chris Rock has addressed the infamous slap he received from Will Smith.
The comedian touched on the incident during a stand-up performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Thursday.
The 57-year-old used humour to make light of the event – joking about the lasting impact of Smith's violent outburst at the 2022 Oscars in March.
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"I'm okay, if anybody was wondering," Rock said, as per UK outlet The Telegraph. "Got most of my hearing back."
"Don't expect me to talk about the bulls---," he also said, The Telegraph reported. "I'll talk about it at some point … on Netflix."
"Your tickets were expensive, but not that expensive," Rock allegedly joked.
During the Oscars, actor Will Smith slapped Rock after the comedian joked about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
"Looking forward to seeing you in GI Jane 2," Rock said, making reference to Ridley Scott's 1997 film starring Demi Moore with a shaved head similar to Pinkett Smith's.
The King Richard star did not find the remark funny as his wife suffers from the auto-immune condition alopecia, which is known to cause hair loss.
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"Keep my wife's name out your f---ing mouth," Smith yelled from the crowd after smacking Rock in the face.
Smith has since made a statement apologising to Rock, saying his behaviour was "unacceptable and inexcusable."
He added: "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."
Smith has since resigned from the Academy and has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next ten years.
Oscars host and actress, Wanda Sykes also weighed on the incident in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, where she revealed she "physically felt ill" and was still "a little traumatised by it."
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Sykes said, that while the slap was targeted at Rock, she felt upset that "no one" has apologised to her and fellow hosts Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
"We worked really hard to put that show together," she said, only for it to be overshadowed.
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