Chris Rock has broken his silence about Will Smith beating him on stage at the Oscars on Sunday (March 27).
The comedian addressed the altercation on Wednesday night (March 30) at his sold-out show in Boston ego death Tour, where he said he’s “still processing” what happened last weekend.
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 am Wednesday addressed the audience at his show and began by saying, “Soooo, how was your weekend?”
After the crowd gave him a standing ovation, Rock, 57, tearfully continued, “Let me be all foggy and shitty.”
“I don’t have much to say about that, so if that’s what you came here for…” Rock added, saying, “I had a whole show written before this weekend.
Ticket sales for Rock’s ego death Tour shows skyrocketed after the altercation at the Oscars, as celebrities and fans alike expressed shock and condemnation of Smith’s actions.
“I’m still processing what happened, so eventually I’ll talk about it,” the 57-year-old comedian said on Wednesday, adding, “It’s getting serious. It’s going to be fun, but now I’ll tell a few jokes.”
Smith publicly apologized to Rock in a statement posted to the actor’s Instagram account, confirming that “I was out of line. I was wrong.”
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In his apology, the King Richard The actor said Rock’s “joke about Jada’s health condition” was too much for him to “take” but added that “violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive.”
Pinkett Smith has previously opened up about shaving her head because of the actress’ struggles with an autoimmune condition called alopecia. Sources close to Rock said he had “no idea” about Pinkett Smith’s condition.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/chris-rock-will-smith-boston-performance-b2047802.html Chris Rock opens up about Will Smith’s slapping at the 2022 Oscars