Chris Rock Breaks Silence on Will Smith Oscars Slap: ‘Processing’

It’s back to business! Chris RockHe took to the stage for his first time since his 2022 Oscars Drama with Will Smith — and briefly spoke about the altercation.

“What’s up, Boston?” Rock, 57, asked the audience during his Wednesday, March 30, comedy show at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. “How was your weekend?”

The Grown Ups actor noted, “I’m still processing what happened” before going into his full routine. Rock’s return to his standup roots came just days after he made headlines for his mid-Oscars altercation with Smith, 53, on Sunday, March 27.

Chris Rock Brings Jokes During 1st Standup Gig Post Will Smith Oscars Slap

Chris Rock with Will Smith inseparated.
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Rock was seen at the venue on Wednesday morning, just days after Smith’s mid-Oscars altercation on Sunday, March 27.

Rock made waves at the 94th Academy Awards when he joked that he was excited to see the Academy Awards. Jada Pinkett SmithIn a potential G.I. JaneSequel, referring to her shaved top. Pinkett Smith, an outspoken advocate for alopecia has rolled her eyes during broadcast. The jab however upset her husband even further.

The Bel-Air’s Fresh PrinceThe Rock alum then stormed onto the stage during the broadcast, slapping Rock across the face, before returning to his chair. Smith then yelled at the comedian, shouting, “Keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth.”

Sources were not disclosed. Us Weekly on Monday, March 28, that the vibe in the audience immediately shifted after it became clear that Smith’s outburst was not part of the show. However, the actors in attendance gave Smith a standing ovation after he won the best actor award for his role. King Richard.

During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow actors, but didn’t directly address Rock following the altercation. “Love will make you do crazy things,” the Wild Wild WestActor said.

Smith later publicly apologised for his actions via a statement on social media. “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” he wrote on Monday. “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Chris Rock Brings Jokes During 1st Standup Gig Post Will Smith Oscars Slap

Chris Rock, center, arrives in Boston at the Wilbur Theater prior to a performance. This was on March 30, 2022.
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The HitchThe star directed his apology at the Saturday Night Live alum, writing, “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed. My actions are not indicative the man I want. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

Although Smith took ownership for his response to Rock’s remarks, multiple sources told UseWednesday will be the Men in BlackActor has not privately reached out the MadagascarStar following the Oscars.

Rock is determined to focus on his tour, despite the difficult situation, according a second insider. Use. “He’s moving on and is looking forward to his upcoming gigs,” the source said.

The South Carolina native has seen an increase in ticket sales for his show. Ego Death World Tour, according to StubHub, which reported 25 times the daily sales for Rock’s shows following the awards show drama.

The Academy released several statements regarding the incident and launched a formal review of the events that occurred on Sunday. “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” they said in a statement on Wednesday, via the Associated Press, claiming they tried have Smith leave the show to no avail. “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”

The organization called Smith’s actions “deeply shocking,” and apologized to Rock for what he experienced while presenting. “Thank you [Chris] for your resilience in that moment,” the Academy continued. “We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.”

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