Chris Rock Breaks His Silence on Will Smith Oscars Altercation
Chris Rock is breaking his silence after Will Smith slapped him on stage at the 2022 Oscars. The March 27 awards show came to a brief standstill when the presenter took a swipe at Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, joking, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it, alright?” The crack prompted Jada—who has been open about her alopecia diagnosis—to roll her eyes and Will to take the stage.
Returning to his seat, post-slap, Will yelled to Chris, “Keep my wife’s name out your f–king mouth.
Chris kept his cool on stage and quickly segued to the Best Documentary presentation, but now, he’s speaking out. At the beginning of his comedy show in Boston on March 30, Chris jokingly asked the audience, “How was your weekend?” according to audio of the show published by Variety.
Following laughs, he shared, “I don’t have a bunch of s–t about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. What will he say about the incident? “I’m still kind of processing what happened,” Chris said. “So, at some point I’ll talk about that s–t. And it will be serious and funny.”
But for the time being, Chris is focusing on his standup, adding, “I’m gonna tell some jokes… It’s nice to just be out.”
Chris did not file a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department following the physical altercation. In a statement obtained by E! News, the LAPD said their “investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”
The Academy also addressed the incident prior to Chris’ response, saying it “does not condone violence of any form” in a statement posted to Twitter on March 28, hours after the awards ceremony. The Academy has since said they are exploring possible consequences for Will’s actions, stating on March 30 that “Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused.
Will, for his part, apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees after being awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, tennis coach Richard Williams, in King Richard.
Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father,” Will, who shares kids Jaden Smith and Willow Smith with Jada and son Trey Smith with ex Sheree Zampino, said. “Love will make you do crazy things.