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Comic and actor Chris Rock wearing all white kicked off his Wednesday evening present after a thunderous three-minute standing ovation at his first standup present since Will Smith slapped his face on the Oscars Sunday evening.
“How was your weekend?” Rock requested the sold-out crowd on the Wilbur, a theater of 1,200 seats in South Boston. “I had a whole list of jokes before this week happened.”
For the reason that stunning incident on the Oscars, gross sales for “Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour 2022” have skyrocketed, hovering to over $1000 per ticket. In the meantime, the sold-out reveals noticed tickets reselling for greater than $800.
Wednesday evening marks the primary time Rock spoke publicly on the problem. Rock instructed the group that, he was “still kind of processing what happened” that evening.
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Smith charged the stage and slapped Rock after the Oscars host joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
“The Men in Black” star was not pleased with the comic’s comment that Jada’s shaved haircut was harking back to well-known movie character G.I Jane. Since 2018, Jada Pinkett Smith has overtly suffered with the hair loss situation alopecia.
“Jada, ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it,” Rock mentioned on stage in entrance of the Oscars viewers. Pinkett Smith appeared visibly aggravated, rolling her eyes on the remark.
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Her husband shot up on stage and open-palm slapped Rock within the face earlier than returning to his seat.
Rubbing his slapped cheek, a shocked Rock mentioned, “Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me.” Will then returned to his entrance row seat and shouted “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth.”
Fifteen minutes after the altercation, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow stars whereas accepting his award for greatest cctor for his position within the film “King Richard.” The award-winning film tells the story of Serena and Venus Williams and the tennis stars’ upbringing.
“I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” he mentioned in a tearful acceptance speech. “This is a beautiful moment.”
“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” Smith continued. “In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do.”
He added that “Love makes you do crazy things,” seemingly providing an evidence as to why he slapped Rock — whom he stopped wanting apologizing to instantly till the subsequent day.
Hours after he was noticed partying along with his Oscar trophy and singing alongside to his personal music, Smith shared a publish to Instagram saying, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris.”
“I was out of line, and I was wrong,” he wrote. “I’m embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Smith described his habits as “unacceptable” and “inexcusable”. He added that he “reacted emotionally” to the joke about his spouse’s medical situation.
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The Academy launched an announcement shortly after the incident occurred. Whereas they didn’t point out the actor of their response, they shared that they don’t “condone violence of any form”.
Not like the preliminary response, the second assertion talked about Smith by identify.
“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr Smith at last night’s show,” it learn. “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
On Wednesday, the Academy mentioned it has launched “disciplinary proceedings” towards Smith and likewise claimed they requested him to depart however he refused.