The shocking live on-screen slap from Smith has been feeding the memes all week. The attack on Rock came after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith (Smith’s wife) and her alopecia condition at the Oscars ceremony. This prompted Smith to get out of his seat and hit the comedian. He swiftly followed this up by screaming: “Get my wife’s name out your f*****g mouth” across the event hall. Twice.
Last night, on March 30, 2022, Rock played his first of three comedy shows in the Wilbur Theater in Boston, MA.
Since the slap on Sunday night, tickets for the comedian’s Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour 2022 have sold like hotcakes. But when he arrived on stage last night, he reportedly revealed he “had a whole list of jokes before this week happened”.
He followed it up by saying he was “still kind of processing what happened” over the weekend.
The 57-year-old also reportedly never mentioned Smith by name during his set.
Attendees of the comedy show were not happy with the show they received.
One guest reportedly said: “I want my money back, I didn’t pay $400 to see nothing.” Another added: “I wasn’t disappointed that he didn’t talk about it, but it would’ve been cool.”
However, some fans were nonplussed about Rock mentioning the Oscars slap at all. One said: “We didn’t come here just for that.” Another added: “[The show] was fun, Chris Rock didn’t say anything about it. He had pre-written everything.”
After the slap, Rock apologised to another of the Oscars hosts, Wanda Sykes.
Speaking on The Ellen Degeneres show, Sykes revealed: “I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this, but I saw Chris at Guy [Oseary’s] party, and as soon as I walked up to him, the first thing he said was: ‘I am so sorry.’ And I’m like: ‘Why are you apologising?’”
Rock reportedly told her it was “supposed to be her night”. He added: “Y’all were doing such a great job. I’m so sorry this is now gonna be about this.”
Smith has since put out an apology to Rock and the Academy.
Smith posted a lengthy apology on his Instagram account.
It read: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. 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.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress. Sincerely, Will.” (sic)
Published at Thu, 31 Mar 2022 06:49:39 +0000