Chris Rock criticizes Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars

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Chris Rock has recovered from the infamous Oscars slap incident and is now publicly joking about the controversy. During a stand-up at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, the 57-year-old comedian briefly joked about the prolonged impact of Smith’s strike at the 94th Academy Awards 2022 on March 27.

Rock, during his new stand-up comedy show “Ego Death,” said words don’t hurt as much as a punch to the face. “I’m fine if anyone asks,” Rock said, according to People magazine. “I got most of my hearing back.”

“Don’t expect me to talk about the bulls,” he also said. “I’ll talk about it sometime… on Netflix.”

“Your tickets were expensive, but not that expensive,” Rock joked. Rock continued, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.” The comedian previously explained that he wouldn’t talk about the slap until he saw a check with his name on it.

“I’m fine. I’ve got a full show and I’m not talking about it until I get paid,” he told the audience last month during a comedy performance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. But just a week before his casino performance, the “Everybody Hates Chris” creator told fans during a surprise visit to a comedy basement in New York City: “Lower your expectations. I’m not going to board that m–t.”

According to People magazine, during the Oscars, Smith, 53, came onstage and punched Rock in reaction to a joke the comedian made about the shaved head of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Since the incident, Smith, who won Best Actor for his overall performance in King Richard, has publicly apologized to Rock. Will Smith recently resigned from the Academy, which also banned the actor from attending its events for 10 years.

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