Chris Rock on Will Smith slap: ‘I’m still kinda processing’ — LISTEN

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Chris Rock is seen backstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Al Seib /A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)

Chris Rock has publicly addressed being hit in the face by Will Smith for the first time since the incident at Sunday night’s Oscars.

Taking the stage at his sold-out show at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre on Wednesday, the comedian was greeted by a lengthy standing ovation.

“How was your weekend?” he quipped, according to Variety.

“I don’t have a bunch of shit to say about that,” he reportedly told attendees. “I had written a whole show before this weekend. I’m still processing what happened, so at some point, I’ll talk about that shit. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now, I’m going to tell some jokes.”

He then continued with his show, which is part of his Ego Death Tour. The show has seen an uptick in sales since the Oscars incident.

On Sunday, Smith hit Rock in the face onstage after the comedian told a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Rock had said, in a reference to her hair, which had been shaved due to her struggles with alopecia.

Smith went on to win the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard and cried as he tried to justify his actions during his acceptance speech. He apologized publicly to Rock the following day.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony after hitting Rock but that the actor refused. The academy said it was initiating disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violating its standards of conduct.


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