Chris Rock Joked About Being ‘Punched in the Face’ After Oscars Slap
- Chris Rock addressed being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars during his latest comedy show.
- He joked he got “most of my hearing back,” according to a Telegraph report.
- Rock added that he wasn’t going to talk about the slap further except on Netflix.
Chris Rock joked about the infamous Oscars slap incident, saying that words do not hurt as much as being “punched in the face” during a comedy show in the UK.
In March, Will Smith slapped Rock at the Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife being bald. Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, has been candid in the past about her journey with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
“I’m OK, if anybody was wondering,” Rock began the show at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday. “I got most of my hearing back.”
According to the Times, Rock said he wasn’t going to joke about the slap during his latest comedy show, “Ego Death.”
But he then said: “People expect me to talk about the b——-, I’m not going to talk about it right now, I’ll get to it eventually. On
Later in his act, Rock joked, according to The Telegraph: “Anyone who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face.”
In a previous comedy show, Rock admitted that he would not talk about the slap “until I get paid.”
Rock made comments about the slap last week, however. After comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage while performing at the Hollywood Bowl, Rock came onstage and joked: “Was that Will Smith?”
Later that week, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Rock joined Chappelle on stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and joked: “I got smacked by the softest n—- that ever rapped.”
Rock’s brother and mother have also publicly condemned the slap.
In an interview with WIS-TV’s Billie Jean Shaw last month, Rosalie “Rose” Rock said she was hurt that Smith didn’t personally apologize to her son.
Rock’s brother Kenny Rock told the LA Times that Will’s Academy Award, which he won at the same ceremony, should be revoked.
Smith has since apologized publicly, resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and received a 10-year ban from attending any Academy events or programs.