Chris Rock apparently denies Will Smith reached out after Oscars slap
Set the clocks. Chris Rock seemed to deny that Will Smith reached out after slapping him at the Oscars.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone despite what you may have heard,” said the Everybody Hates Chris alum, 57, said on his second comedy show on Wednesday, March 30, according to multiple outlets.
The South Carolina native’s comment came hours after We Weekly reported that the King Richard star, 53, hasn’t spoken to Rock despite apologizing via Instagram.
“Chris is focused on his tour,” the insider said. We Wednesday. “He’s moving on and looking forward to his upcoming gigs.”
Grammy winner put on ‘a great show,’ eyewitness says exclusively We of its first performance at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, adding that the audience “had a lot of laughs and it really eased the tension.”
the Saturday Night Live alum began by asking their fans how their weekend went. “I’m still processing what happened,” Rock said before continuing with his routine.
The Emmy winner presented the prize for best original documentary to quest love at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, when he joked about Jada Pinkett Smithis bald. (The Red table discussion cohost, 50, opened up about his alopecia diagnosis over the years.)
Although the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum initially laughed at the joke, then took the stage and punched Rock in the face before shouting from his seat, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
The rapper, who won Best Actor in a Leading Role, addressed the altercation in an Instagram post on Monday, March 28.
“Violence in any form is toxic and destructive,” the Pennsylvania native told his followers at the time. “My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. …I’m sorry deeply that my behavior has tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us.
Calling himself a “work in progress,” the Golden Globe winner went on to write, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the participants and everyone watching around the world.
The Academy has since claimed to have asked Smith to leave the awards show after the incident, but he “refused”. The actor has yet to respond to his latest statement.