Chris Rock Addresses Will Smith Oscars Slap
Chris Rock has finally addressed the Will Smith Oscars slap incident months after it occurred.
The comedian revealed this while performing alongside Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Rock, who had remained silent on the viral incident, finally addressed getting smacked by Will Smith at the 2022 Academy awards while headlining stand-up shows in New York and New Jersey over the weekend.
He said, “Anyone who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face.”
“Yeah, that s – – t hurt, motherf – – ker — but I shook that s – – t off and went to work the next day.”
Hart brought a live goat onstage and presented it as “Will Smith” during the event.
The next day, Rock clarified during his performance at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, when he riffed about people being excessively sensitive.
“I’m not a victim, motherf – – ker,” the “Grown Ups” star declared. “I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”
This was the first time Rock has spoken about the incident that took place at the 2022 Oscars in March when Smith struck Rock after the comedian made a bald joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.
Rock has previously mostly avoided talking about the Oscars controversy, only making passing references to it when performing live over the last few months.
“I’m OK, if anybody was wondering,” Rock said during a show in May at the UK’s Royal Albert Hall.
He continued, “I got most of my hearing back.”
He added, “People expect me to talk about the bulls – – t. I’m not going to talk about it right now. I’ll get to it eventually — on Netflix.”