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Chris Rock He discussed the infamous Will Smith Oscar slap on stage during a recent appearance for his “Only Headliners Aloud” comedy tour with Kevin Hart in New Jersey.
The comedian acknowledged the Academy Award-winner’s hit was “hurtful” but insisted he was not a “victim” as he joked with the audience at the PNC Bank Arts Center.
Rock told the crowd, “Anyone who says hurtful words has never been punched in the face.” us weekly, He later said, “I’m not a victim. Yeah, he—hurt, mom—er. But, I shook off that s—and went to work the next day. I don’t go In the hospital for paper cut.”
The Rock was famously hit in the face by Smith before an award was presented during a live telecast of 94th Academy Awards After telling a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith took to the stage after Rock joked about Jada’s bald head in reference to “G.I. Jane”. Pinkett Smith previously discussed her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.
After the incident, Smith received the Best Actor award for his work in “King Richard”, at which time he apologized for his actions.
days later, “Independence Day” Star Announcing his resignation from the Academy in a statement provided to Fox News Digital, he said he had “betrayed the trust of the Academy.”
“I have responded directly to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” he said.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and unforgivable. The list of people I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone present, and the global audience at home I have betrayed the trust of the Academy.”
Smith said he “deprived the other nominees and winners the opportunity to celebrate” and said he would accept any further results from the board.
“I denied the other nominees and winners the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to focus on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. Therefore, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and as deemed fit by the Board I will accept any result.
Following his resignation, which was accepted by the Academy, Smith was banned for 10 years from participating in Oscar programs and shows.
Rock and Heart teamed up for their five-show tour earlier this month, and recently made a special guest appearance at the Madison Square Garden stop when Dave Chappelle Opened for the couple.
The 48-year-old comedian was joined by his friends on stage in what Hart called “the best moment of my career”, as Chappell was reportedly greeted with applause and for the Radiohead song, “Karma Police”. had gone out.
“I can’t even explain it… I can’t find the words… just know that last night was the true definition of ‘Epic Night’,” Hart shared on Twitter, sharing some images from the packed performance in midtown Manhattan. Having accepted. , where he allegedly presented Rock with a goat named Will Smith.
“I love my brothers more than words. What we did in the garden will never be done again…. We made history last night!!!!!!!!”
“Here’s where I had to punch my way out,” Chappelle told viewers via TMZ, adding, “Despite everything you’ve read in the news, I’m fine, and I appreciate the support.”
A week earlier, Chappelle faced scrutiny once again for booking a gig at Minneapolis’ famed First Avenue, only to have the show canceled hours before Chappelle took the stage, over jokes he had made. due to public resistance Netflix Special, “The Closer.”
Despite signing hundreds of petitions against the comedian’s performance, Chappelle hosted a show Tuesday night at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Santa Rosa, Calif.
“Everyone is so sensitive, and I don’t think … it’s necessary,” one fan told Fox News Digital. “I think there is freedom of speech, and if you don’t like someone’s work, just don’t go.”
Chappelle’s work is an “art form”, said another fan.
One fan commented, “I understand people are angry… I sympathize with them.” “But he’s one of the most talented actors in the comedy game right now.”
Fox News’ Larry Fink contributed to this report.