During a recent stand-up show in California, comedian Chris Rock mocked politicians and slammed celebrities, only subtly referencing the contentious moment at the 2022 Oscars when Will Smith slapped him. During the show, he took several jabs and joked that his hearing had returned, but he wouldn’t say anything else about the slap until he was paid for it.
“I’m OK, I have a whole show and I’m not talking about that until I get paid,” Chris said at a standup comedy event in California. Life is wonderful. “I got my hearing back.” He even received a standing ovation from the audience after the show.
Earlier that day, the Academy’s Board of Governors announced that Will would be barred from all Oscar-related events and appearances for the next ten years. In a statement to the band, the actor said, “I accept and respect the academy’s decision.”
Chris made a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head last month while presenting the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2022 Oscars. He said he couldn’t wait to see Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia areata, in G.I. Jane 2. Will then went up on stage and slapped Chris. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fu**ing mouth!” yelled the actor as he returned to his seat. Will went on to win Best Actor later in the evening.
Will apologized to Chris on Instagram a day after the incident. “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,” Will penned in an essay.