Chris Rock has finally spoken up after the shocking incident at the 2022 Oscars.
On March 27, Will Smith slapped the comedian on stage while presenting at the event. He made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, specifically about her shaved head. He joked, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it, alright?”
Jada has been open about her struggles with alopecia. After slapping Chris, Will returned to his seat and yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out your f–king mouth.”
Meanwhile, Chris kept his cool and moved on the present the nominees for Best Documentary. He’s been quiet about the incident for a while but now he’s breaking his silence.
During his comedy show in Boston on March 30, he asked based on the show’s audio published by Variety, “How was your weekend?”
The audience laughed and he continued, “I don’t have a bunch of s–t about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend.”
He added, “I’m still kind of processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that s–t. And it will be serious and funny.”
The comedian is focusing on his standup, he continued, “I’m gonna tell some jokes… It’s nice to just be out.”
Chris didn’t file a police report after the physical altercation though the Los Angeles Police Department was aware of an incident that happened at the Academy Awards program. Meanwhile, the Academy issued a statement on Twitter stating, “The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.”
On the other hand, Will apologized during his acceptance speech as Best Actor to the Academy and his fellow nominees. He said, “Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father. Love will make you do crazy things.”
Will also issued an apology to Chris next day on Instagram. He wrote, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” he wrote in a statement. “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.”