Chris Rock addresses Will Smith slap at Comedy Club says he's “still kinda processing what happened”
Chris Rock reacts to Oscars slap at Standup show: ‘I’m Still Kind of Processing What Happened’
Chris Rock addresses Oscars slap but at first comedy show since incident
BOSTON — Chris Rock returned to the stage Wednesday for the first time since being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars, receiving rapturous applause from a Boston audience.
Chris Rock broke his silence but Rock only briefly addressed the slap, saying he was “still kind of processing what happened" Sunday and never mentioning Smith by name.
“I don’t have a bunch of s— about what happened,” he said about the elephant in the room, explaining that he had already prepared an entire set.
“I had like a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I’m still kinda processing what happened. So at some point, I’ll talk about that s–.”
“Other than the weird thing, life is pretty good,” Rock said at one point mid-way through his act. His night time performance in Boston came just three days after Smith struck the comedian for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
UPDATE: Insiders have shed more light on the aftermath of Will Smith’s Oscars slap.
TMZ reports, on Wednesday (March 30), the Academy president David Rubin and its CEO Dawn Hudson who had asked Smith to leave the ceremony after he smacked Chris Rock on stage. Sources who were present at the event described the executives as “furious” and “apoplectic,” and were engaged in “heated” backstage conversations with Smith’s team. The details of the exchange have not been revealed, but insiders say there was “yelling.”