Comedian Chris Rock kept Will Smith’s name out of his mouth during a stand-up show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, making only a brief reference to being slapped by the actor at the Oscars last month.
“I’m fine, I’ve got a whole show and I’m not talking about it until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back,” Rock said as he took to the stage Friday night.
While Rock poked fun at other celebrities and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, Meghan Markle and the Kardashians, he made no further references to the slap.
Rock was on stage at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to present an Oscar for Best Documentary when he cracked a joke referencing Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head during the live television broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards on March 27. Pinkett Smith – Will Smith’s wife – – suffers from alopecia.
Will Smith came on stage and punched Rock in the face, then returned to his seat and yelled twice at Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.”
Smith went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his work in ‘King Richard’, but the evening was spoiled by his outburst and on Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banned him from attending the ceremony annual Oscars for the next 10 years. .
Smith said he would “accept and respect” the ban in a brief statement released on Friday. Smith had announced his resignation from the Academy last week, saying his actions were “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.
Nearly a week after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, “Saturday Night Live” takes the floor.
Rock’s general avoidance of the subject during his one-night stop in the Inland Empire was in keeping with the rest of his “Ego Death” world tour.
During the tour’s opening show at Boston’s Wilbur a few days after the Oscars, Rock briefly addressed the “heard slap around the world”.
“How was your weekend?” Rock said as he started this show. “I don’t have a lot of (swear words) about what happened, so if you just heard that, I have a whole show that I wrote before this weekend. .
“I’m still processing what happened. So at some point I’ll talk about it (expletive). And it’ll be serious and funny.”
An audience member then chanted “F–k Will Smith!” before Rock continues. “I’m going to tell jokes. It’s nice to just be out,” he said before starting his material.
Ticket prices for Rock’s comedy tour have skyrocketed since the Oscars.
More and more people are talking about Jada Pinkett-Smith and alopecia after the viral incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. Black women are more likely to have alopecia overall, and there are several forms of the condition. But all forms of alopecia can complicate a black woman’s body image and sense of self. Dermatologist Dr Meena Singh and Dr Afiya Mbilishak, hairstylist and psychologist, joined LX News to find out more.
TickPick, a secondary ticket seller, saw its prices increase by 641%.
“We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than last month combined,” the company tweeted the day after the Oscars.
Rock was scheduled to perform Saturday night at the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nevada.
The tour is set to wrap up at the Dolby Theater – site of the infamous Oscars incident – November 17-19.