A heckler who interrupted Chris Rock’s first comedy show since the Oscars to shout “Will Smith” was reportedly escorted by security guards.
Rock who is currently on tour with his live show ego deathpublicly addressed Smith when he first brought him on stage at the Oscars at his sold-out show at Boston’s Wilbur Theater on Wednesday (March 30).
Smith slapped and berated Rock after the 57-year-old comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s performance live on stage at the Oscars ceremony. The slap made headlines around the world and Smith is now facing disciplinary action from the Academy.
Rock spoke about the incident for the first time in his opening comments to the audience on Wednesday night (March 30), stating that he was “still working through” the altercation.
It was also reported that two hecklers separately attempted to interrupt Rock’s performance at the Wilbur Theater by shouting “WIll Smith” during his live set.
These chants were met with louder “boos” from other spectators, Daily Mail reported.
When it happened again, the heckler was escorted off the premises by security, prompting Rock to ask, “Is this how this tour is going to go?”
During the show, Rock said that “despite what you’ve heard,” he did not speak to Smith and that he would not comment further on the incident at this time.
“I’m still processing what happened, so I’ll talk about it at some point,” he said. “It is getting serious. It’s going to be fun, but now I’ll tell a few jokes.”
The academy has said it has instituted “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith for violating its standards of conduct, “including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and endangering the integrity of the academy.”
In its statement, the academy also revealed that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but was “declined.”
Smith issued a public apology to Rock on Monday (March 28), admitting he was “out of line” and “wrong.”
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/chris-rock-show-will-smith-b2047886.html Chris Rock: Heckler yelling ‘Will Smith’ is escorted out of comedian’s sold-out show