Will Smith: Chris Rock breaks silence on Oscars slap during sold-out Boston show

Will Smith punches Chris Rock at the Oscars

This year’s Oscars featured shocks, sighs and surprises – but all anyone will care about is a slap. The Academy Awards took place on Sunday night, with films including The Power of the Dog, West Side Story, Licorice Pizza and Coda battling it out in the big categories.

The biggest story of the night had almost nothing to do with the awards: a shocking altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock sparked by a joke about Smith’s wife Jada. Smith walked up onto the stage and appeared to smack Rock in the face, before shouting at him to not refer to his wife again.

It undoubtedly overshadowed the night as a whole, and notably – just minutes later – Smith’s win of the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard. Through tears, Smith called himself “a vessel of love” and apologized to the Academy. The LAPD confirmed that Rock is not pressing charges. The Academy said it “does not condone violence of any form” and launched a “formal review” into what happened. Hours later, Smith apologized to Rock and said he was “embarrassed”.

Following the on-stage incident, celebrities including Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler have spoken out in support of Rock, whose forthcoming comedy tour has since experienced a huge surge of interest.

On Wednesday, during the sold-out Boston show of his Ego Death round, Rock finally addressed the altercation between him and Smith.

You can follow all the developments about the “slap that was heard around the world” in our live blog below…


Chris Rock breaks silence on Will Smith Oscars slap

Chris Rock broke his silence over Will Smith hitting him onstage at the Oscars on Sunday (27 March).

The comedian addressed the altercation on Wednesday night (March 30) at the sold-out Boston show of his Ego Death tour, where he said he was “still processing” what happened last weekend.

After the crowd greeted him with a standing ovation, Rock, 57, said: “Let me be all misty and s***“, with tears in his eyes. “I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that…” Rock added, saying: “I had written a whole show before this weekend.”

“I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes,” the comedian said.

Maanya Sachdeva has the full story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 04:26


Debunking bizarre claims about the Will Smith slap

While the whole Will Smith/Chris Rock drama was caught on camera, some internet conspiracy theorists have falsely claimed that the entire thing was planned or a stunt.

At the link below, we’ve debunked some of the wildest theories claiming that The Slap (trademark) was fake…

Isobel LewisMarch 31, 2022 01:32


If ever there was a chance to insert the 30Rock “Lemon, it’s Wednesday” gif, this’d be it…

Isobel LewisMarch 31, 2022 00:07


Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after Chris Rock slap, Academy says

Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after assaulting Chris Rock, but refused, the Academy says.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences says it has now begun “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith for his conduct during the ceremony.

“The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy,” the organization said in a new statement.

Nathan PlaceMarch 30, 2022 11:33 p.m.


One star who did miss out on all the on-stage action was Rita Ora, who’s admitted that she was in the bathroom when Will Smith punched Chris Rock.

The singer, who was attending Vanity Fair‘s party with boyfriend Taika Waititi, told Australia’s Nova FM that she was “very annoyed” to have missed the event.

Ora and Waititi at the Vanity Fair party

(AFP via Getty Images)

“I suddenly had to go to the bathroom at that point, which I’m very annoyed about,” she said, adding that she was left wondering what on earth was going on on her return.

Isobel LewisMarch 30, 2022 10:33 p.m.


Chris Rock’s return to the stage

After all the drama of Sunday night, we might get to hear exactly what Chris Rock has to say tonight, as the comedian returns to comedy for the first time.

Rock kicks off his new Ego Death world comedy tour at The Wilbur in Boston on Wednesday night.

The venue’s owner Bill Blumenreich told People that the comic has been in a “great mood” during rehearsals.

“He’s one of the nicest, funniest people you could ever meet in your life,” he said.

Isobel Lewis30 March 2022 20:58


Wanda Sykes thinks Will Smith should have been thrown out for ‘gross’ slap

Wanda Sykes has now spoken further on the on-stage altercation, saying that Chris Rock apologized to her and that she thought Will Smith should have been thrown out.

Appearing on Ellen on Wednesday, the Oscars host said that Rock had apologized for stealing her thunder, telling her: “’It was supposed to be your night… I’m so sorry this is now gonna be about this.’”

You can read Sykes’s full comments below…

Isobel Lewis30 March 2022 19:33


Another figure to speak out on Chris Rock’s joke is interior designer Sheila Bridges, who starred in a 2009 documentary about alopecia titled good hair funded by Rock himself.

On Tuesday (29 March), Bridges reshared a clip to social media of her and Rock discussing the condition in an interview at the time.

“While I do not condone violence (or what Will Smith did), I am not completely surprised that Chris Rock got rocked by Will Smith after making the medical condition of @jadapinkettsmith part of his comedic schtick — disrespecting her publicly,” she wrote.

“Shame on you @chrisrock. Didn’t we sit down and talk at length about how painfully humiliating and difficult it is to navigate life as a bald woman in a society that is hair obsessed? As if life isn’t challenging enough out here as an unprotected black woman?”

Isobel LewisMarch 30, 2022 6:59 p.m.


Wanda Sykes comments on Smith/Rock drama

Oscars presenter Wanda Sykes has now joined her co-host Amy Schumer and weighed in on the whole Will Smith slap fiasco.

The comedian presented Sunday night’s awards show and has now commented for the first time on what went down between Smith and comedian Chris Rock.

Read her comments below…

Isobel Lewis30 March 2022 18:00


Watch how Chris Rock reacted to Will Smith’s slap

New footage has emerged online showing Chris Rock in the moments after Will Smith jumped on stage to hit him at the Oscars.

The clip, which emerged on TikTok, shows a dazed looking Rock seeming unable to understand what’s just happened.

You can see the clip below…

Isobel Lewis30 March 2022 17:08

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