Chris Rock Finally Responds to Will Smith’s Oscars Slap

Chris Rock is now speaking up four months after being slapped by Will Smith in front of a star-studded Oscars audience—and the world. The comic, who was amused by the now-famous slap and refused to seek charges against Smith, made a joke about the event at a stand-up set over the weekend.


Rock performed at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday, where he and Kevin Hart co-headlined the Only Headliners Allowed comedy tour, which included a surprise appearance by Dave Chappelle. According to Entertainment Tonight, Rock “made a joke about Will during a piece about ‘cancel culture,’ joking that ‘anyone who thinks words hurt has never been struck in the face.”


The show is the first time Rock has talked publicly of The Slap, though he previously intimated that he would be making jokes about it once he properly comprehended what happened. At the end of March—days after the 2022 Oscars—Rock sold out tickets for his stand-up act, and upon arriving, received a standing ovation.

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The entertainer once asked the audience, “How was your weekend?” while winking at them. “Before this weekend, I had written an entire program on what happened, so if you wanted to hear about it, you could just listen to it. I’m still kind of absorbing what happened. So, that garbage will be brought up at some point. It will also be both serious and humorous.”

Chris Rock Finally Responds to Will Smith's Oscars Slap
Chris Rock Finally Responds to Will Smith’s Oscars Slap


As a result of his behavior at the Oscars, Smith has been prohibited from attending any Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) events for the next decade. This content is developed and managed by a third source, then imported onto this page to enable users provide their email addresses., where you may learn more about this and other topics, may provide additional resources.

What Does Will Smith’s Oscar Ban Mean: Does He Have a Chance?

Will Smith is facing a ten-year suspension from the Oscars after his contentious win. What that means, as well as his eligibility, may be found here. To put it another way, Will Smith was barred from the Oscars after what happened at this year’s Academy Awards. Will Smith won his first Academy Award for his role as Richard Williams in King Richard.


Controversy marred his historic moment, as well as those of other actors. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has barred Smith from attending its events for ten years beginning on April 8, 2022. Many people have called for Smith to apologize for his actions and for an investigation into what happened after his altercation with Chris Rock.


However, the Academy’s Board of Governors had already decided to proceed with disciplinary proceedings against the actor. A week after Will Smith’s resignation from the Academy was formally made public five days later, he was subjected to an even worse penalty. As a result, there are now doubts about Smith’s future as an Academy member.

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