Chris Rock Makes First Public Comments About Slap in Boston
We've heard from every possible person except Chris Rock, and that ended Wednesday night.
But don't think he went on a 30-minute tirade about what happened Sunday at the Academy Awards. According to The Boston Globe, he's "still processing." Plus, as he pointed out to the sold-out crowd at The Wilbur during the first of several standup performances, he already had a whole show written before the weekend debacle.
Variety caught the audio of Rock addressing the most talked-about entertainment moment of the week.
Rock took the stage at the Oscars Sunday night to present an award for best documentary. He joked about Jada Pinkett Smith, saying he couldn't wait to see her in G.I. Jane 2, a reference to her shaved head. Jada has alopecia and her response made it clear she didn't find the joke funny.
Will Smith, Jada's husband, up for a Best Actor award he would later win, walked on stage and appeared to slap Rock across the face. Smith then returned to his seat, yelling at Rock not to talk about his wife.
According to NBC News, Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars and he refused. The Academy says it is in disciplinary proceedings against the actor for violating standards of conduct.
The Boston Globe article pointed out that some serious history was made at the Oscars Sunday that was lost in the chaos.
The drama overshadowed some historical wins at an Oscars. The deaf family drama “CODA,” which was filmed in Massachusetts, became the first film with a largely deaf cast to win best picture. For the first time, a streaming service, Apple TV+, took Hollywood’s top honor, signaling a profound shift in Hollywood and in moviegoing. Wins for Ariana DeBose of “West Side Story,”Troy Kotsur of “CODA” and Jane Campion, director of “The Power of the Dog,” all had made history.
Rock has more shows at the Wilbur, all sold out. Ticket prices skyrocketed on second-party sites after Sunday's Oscars .