Chris Rock’s Mother Rosalie Reacts to Will Smith Oscars Slap


Chris Rock and Rosalie, his mother.
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Weighing in. Chris Rock’s mother, Rosalie Rock, opened up about seeing her son get slapped. Will SmithDuring the 94th Annual Academy Awards.

“[Will,] You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye, and you went and made her day because she was mulled over laughing when it happened,” Rosalie, 77, told South Carolina’s WIS News 10 on Friday, April 22.

The motivational speaker, who watched the Oscars from the comfort of her own home, told WIS’ Billie Jean ShawShe initially believed the encounter was staged, until the 53-year old. Bel-Air: The Fresh Prince alum “started using obscenities” during the broadcast.

“When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me,” Rosalie explained, noting her pride in how her 57-year-old son handled the situation. “No one even heard his speech. No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there like, ‘What just happened?’”

She continued: “I feel really bad that he never apologized. I’m referring to his people who wrote a piece [via Instagram] saying, ‘I apologize to Chris Rock,’ but you see something like that is personal, you reach out.”

The Grown Ups actor presented the Best Documentary Feature award — which was won by Questlove — during the Oscars last month. Rock made a joke during his segment that Jada pinkett Smith — who married the King Richard star in 1997 — could star in a potential G.I. Jane sequel due her shaved heads. (The Red Table Talk cohost, 50, has been vocal about her struggles with alopecia.)  Pinkett Smith frowned at the comment, before Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock across the face.

“Keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth,” the Philadelphia native, who went on to win Best Actor on a Leading Role during the ceremony, shouted after returning to his seat.

Us Weekly It was confirmed that the Everyone Hates Chris Smith confessed that he regretted his actions, but declined to file an official police report.

“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was not in line with the rules and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions are not indicative the man I want. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” Smith wrote, in part, via Instagram. “I would also like to apologize to The Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.”

Smith resigned later from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences after a formal review of Smith’s behavior led to the ban on Smith from attending Academy events for 10 consecutive years. The Ali Since then, actor has accepted their decision.

Rock, on the other hand, has remained relatively silent about this incident.

“I’m OK, I have a whole show and I’m not talking about that until I get paid,” the South Carolina native told attendees during a Palm Springs, California, set earlier this month. “Life is good. I got my hearing back.”

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