Chris Rock is enjoying the victory lap after Will Smith smacked him on the Oscars stage. The 57-year-old comic, who has remained relatively silent about the highly publicised event, reportedly made a passing joke about it during a stand-up performance on Thursday at London’s Royal Albert Hall. If anyone was curious, I’m okay, Rock reportedly told the gathering. I largely regained my hearing. Additionally, he teased the possibility of providing more information on the matter to the public. He added, “Don’t expect me to talk about the bulls—-.” At some time, I’ll talk about it on Netflix. Your tickets were pricey, but not that expensive, joked Rock, whose most recent stand-up special, Tamborine, was made available by Netflix in 2018.
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At the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, when Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the notorious slap took place. Keep my wife’s name out of your f—-ing mouth, Smith shouted after slapping Rock and leaving the stage. The following day, Smith apologised to Rock for his behaviour and withdrew from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Smith would eventually win the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard. Smith was also prohibited from participating in Academy activities for the following ten years.
Rock seemed to be waiting his turn to speak about the incident. A few days later, during his first comedy act following the Oscars, he briefly addressed it. Rock remarked, “If you come to hear about what occurred, I have a complete show I wrote before this weekend. I don’t have a lot of s—- about what happened.” “I’m still sort of processing what transpired, as seen on http://ew.com/tag/Dave Chappelle. I’ll therefore eventually talk about that s—-. And it’ll be both serious and humorous.” And last week, Rock, who was also at the performance at the Hollywood Bowl, playfully questioned the audience as to whether the attacker was Smith when fellow comic Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage during a stand-up set.