Two weeks after the now-infamous Academy Awards incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock, the latter still hasn’t spoken out about what transpired that night. But, he did tell a crowd during a comedy tour stop when he does plan to open up about it.
Friday night during an appearance at Fantasy Springs in Indio, California, comedian Chris Rock made it clear that he’s not going to talk to just anyone about Will Smith slapping him during the live Oscars award show late last month.
“I’m OK, I have a whole show and I’m not talking about that until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back,” Rock told the crowd, according to the Desert Sun.
On March 27, Rock made a joke about actress Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that results in hair loss.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Rock said before Will Smith walked on stage and slapped the comedian across the face. Smith then returned to his seat and shouted profanities at Rock.
Smith took to Instagram to address the incident and issue a public apology to Chris Rock the following day saying:
“Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith wrote. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. 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.”
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The Academy announced Friday (April 8) that Will Smith is banned from all Academy events for 10 years as a form of disciplinary action. Smith responded to the decision, saying, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”