Superstar Chris Rock unleashed on Will Smith over the actor slapping him at the 2022 Oscars, saying it was over a “bulls*** joke,” the “nicest” one he ever did.
The 57-year-old comedian took the stage Thursday alongside Dave Chappelle at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena in the United Kingdom where Chappelle asked him about what happened at the 94th Academy Awards. “Did that s*** hurt,” Chappelle asked, according to the Daily Mail in a piece published Friday.
“’Goddam right … the motherf***er hit me over a bulls*** joke, the nicest joke I ever told,” Rock told the crowd during their U.K. tour.
Chris Rock FINALLY drops his dignified silence on Oscars slap to EVISCERATE Will Smith https://t.co/Gtf4W0hKQT
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“Will did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us,” Chappelle replied.
“Whatever the consequences are … I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again and lets his real face breathe,” he added. “I see myself in both men.”
During Rock’s recent appearance at a comedy club in Phoenix, Arizona, the comedian reportedly told the audience that the Oscars reached out to him to see if he would host the award show next year. He told crowd he refused the invitation and used a reference to details from the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
The “Death At A Funeral” star previously hosted the annual awards show two other times, in 2005 and then again in 2016, the Hollywood Reporter noted.
It comes after Rock was slapped on stage by the “Men In Black” star at the annual award show after he cracked a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head amid her hair loss battle, as previously reported.
In July, Smith released a video on social media issuing another apology to Rock. Smith said he has reached out to Rock, but the message came back that the comedian is not ready to speak to him yet.
After Smith slapped Rock in the face during the award show he was not removed from the building, and a short time later, he took the stage to accept an Oscar for his role in the film “King Richard.”
Later, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a 10-year ban preventing Smith from attending the annual awards show.
Correction: A previous version of this story attributed the fourth and fifth paragraph quotes to Chris Rock. The quotes are by Dave Chappelle.