Actor Will Smith beat comedian Chris Rock during the 2022 Academy Awards earlier this year. During a recent stand-up show, Chris said Will slapped him for the nicest joke he’d ever told. Chris had joked about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith during the awards ceremony. Also read: Chris Rock opens up about Will Smith’s stroke at the Oscars: ‘Anyone who says hurt words has never been slapped in the face’
Speaking to the audience about the stroke during his recent comedy show with Dave Chappelle in England, Chris said: “Didn’t that – – hurt? Damn right. . . the motherf – – ker hit me over a cop – – t joke, nicest joke I’ve ever told.”
In March, during the 2022 Oscars, Will had taken to the stage and punched Chris after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s, shaved head. “Jada, I can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” Chris had said, referring to Demi Moore’s 1997 film GI Jane, in which Demi’s character Jordan O’Neil shaved his head after joining Navy Seal. Jada revealed on her talk show a few years ago that she made the decision to shave her head after being diagnosed with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease.
After the incident, Will was banned from attending any Academy Awards for the next 10 years. Will shared a video on YouTube in July in which he answered the most frequently asked questions, including why he didn’t apologize to Chris during his acceptance speech. “I was foggy at the time,” Will admitted to the lack of an immediate apology, saying, “It’s all a blur.”
Will had contacted Chris to discuss the event, but the actor claimed Chris wasn’t ready to meet up with him just yet. He also apologized to Chris and others in the five-minute clip, including Rose Rock, Chris’ mother. Aside from the YouTube footage, Will has mostly remained silent about the confrontation. A few days after the Oscars, he posted an apology to the public on Instagram.
trending topics to follow