Latest from Will Smith: Chris Rock says he’s ‘still dealing with’ Oscars slap incident at sold-out Boston show

Will Smith bangs Chris Rock at the Oscars

This year’s Oscars featured shocks, sighs and surprises – but everyone will care for a slap in the face. The Oscars took place on Sunday night, with films including The power of the dog, West Side Story, Licorice Pizza and Coda battle it out in major categories.

The biggest story of the night had almost nothing to do with the awards: a shocking altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock sparked by a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada. Smith took the stage and appeared to punch Rock in the face, before yelling at him not to refer to his wife again.

It undoubtedly eclipsed the evening as a whole, including – a few minutes later – Smith’s win of the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard. Through tears, Smith called himself a “vessel of love” and apologized to the Academy. The LAPD has confirmed that Rock is not pressing charges. The Academy said it “does not condone any form of violence” and launched a “formal review” of what happened. Hours later, Smith apologized to Rock and said he was “embarrassed.”

Following the onstage incident, celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler came out in favor of Rock, whose upcoming comedy tour has since seen a huge boost.

On Wednesday, during the sold-out Boston show of his Death of the ego tour, Rock finally addressed the altercation between him and Smith.

You can follow all the developments on the “slap that was heard around the world” in our live blog below…

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James Corden accuses Will Smith of not being able to “take a joke”

Speaking on his The late showCorden directly addressed the Oscar controversy where Smith slapped Rock after making a joke about his wife’s appearance.

“I’ll say this, Will Smith can’t take a joke,” Corden said.

He went on to praise Rock’s handling of the incident, “I seriously applaud Chris Rock for his recovery, keeping the show moving. It was an incredibly dignified response.

Sam Moore has the whole story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 07:20

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Chris Rock greeted with long standing ovation at first show after Oscars slap

As soon as Chris Rock appeared at the packed Wilbur Theater for the opening show of his Death of the ego tour, he was greeted with a 2-3 minute standing ovation.

“Let me be all hazy and s***,” he said with tears in his eyes. “I don’t have a lot of bullshit to say about it, so if you came here for that,” Rock said, adding, “I had a whole show written before this weekend.”

“I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about this shit. It will be serious. It’ll be funny, but for now I’ll tell jokes,” said Rock, who landed in Boston for his first gig after the Will Smith incident at the Oscars, on Wednesday (March 30).

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 06:53

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What was the joke Chris Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars?

Chris Rock was on stage to present the Best Documentary Award when he remarked on Pinkett Smith’s appearance.

“Jade, I love you. GI Jane 2I can’t wait to see you,” he joked, seeming to refer to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
G.I. Jane was a 1997 American drama film starring Demi Moore in a fictionalized story about the first woman to undergo special operations training, similar to the U.S. Navy Seals. Moore, who won the Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actress for her performance, had her head shaved for the film.

Roisin O’Connor has the whole story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 05:20

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Chris Rock breaks silence on Will Smith’s Oscar slap

Chris Rock has broken his silence after Will Smith punched him onstage at the Oscars on Sunday March 27.

The comedian addressed the altercation Wednesday night (March 30) during his sold-out Boston show. Death of the ego tour, where he said he was “still processing” what happened last weekend.

After the crowd greeted him with a standing ovation, Rock, 57, said, “Let me be all hazy and s***,” tears in his eyes. “I don’t have a lot of bullshit to say about it, so if you came here for that…” Rock added, saying, “I had written a whole show before this weekend.”

“I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about this shit. It will be serious. It will be funny, but for now I will tell jokes, ”said the comedian.

Maanya Sachdeva has the whole story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 04:26

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Debunking Bizarre Will Smith Slap Claims

While the entire Will Smith/Chris Rock drama was filmed, some internet conspiracy theorists have falsely claimed it was all planned or a stunt.

At the link below, we’ve debunked some of the craziest theories that The Slap (trademark) is fake…

Isobel LewisMarch 31, 2022 01:32

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If ever there was a chance to insert the 30 Rock Gif “Lemon, it’s Wednesday”, that would be it…

Isobel LewisMarch 31, 2022 00:07

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Will Smith Refused To Quit Oscars After Chris Rock Slapped, Academy Says

Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after assaulting Chris Rock, but refused, according to the Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it has now initiated “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith for his conduct at the ceremony.

“The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for breaching the Academy’s standards of conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and undermining the integrity of the Academy,” the organization said in a new statement.

Nathan SquareMarch 30, 2022 11:33 p.m.

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One star who missed all the onstage action was Rita Ora, who admitted she was in the bathroom when Will Smith punched Chris Rock.

The singer, who attended vanity loungewith her boyfriend Taika Waititi, told Australia’s Nova FM she was “very annoyed” to have missed the event.

Ora and Waititi at the Vanity Fair party

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“I suddenly had to go to the bathroom at that time, which really pissed me off,” she said, adding that she wondered what was going on when she got back.

Isobel LewisMarch 30, 2022 10:33 p.m.

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The return of Chris Rock on stage

After all the drama on Sunday night, we might hear exactly what Chris Rock has to say tonight, as the comedian returns to acting for the first time.

Rock launches its new Death of the ego comedy world tour at the Wilbur in Boston on Wednesday night.

Venue owner Bill Blumenreich said People that the comedian was in a “good mood” during rehearsals.

“He’s one of the nicest, funniest people you’ll ever meet in your life,” he said.

Isobel LewisMarch 30, 2022 8:58 p.m.

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Wanda Sykes thinks Will Smith should have been kicked out for a ‘rude’ slap

Wanda Sykes has now spoken in more detail about the onstage altercation, saying that Chris Rock apologized to her and that she thinks Will Smith should have been kicked out.

Appearing on Ellen On Wednesday, the Oscars host said Rock apologized for stealing his thunder, telling him: “‘It was supposed to be your night…I’m so sorry, now it’s gonna be about that .'”

You can read Sykes’ full comments below…

Isobel LewisMarch 30, 2022 7:33 p.m.

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