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Netflix has edited out a botched joke Chris Rock cracked about actor Will Smith during his “Selective Outrage” special that aired live on March 4.
In the special, the 58-year-old comedian unleashed jokes involving Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as he recalled a conversation he reportedly had with the Hollywood couple about the time he hosted the 2016 Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
“Years ago, his [Smith] wife said I should quit the Oscars; I shouldn’t host ’cause her man didn’t get nominated for ‘Emancipation,’ the biggest piece of s*** ever!” Rock told the crowd, before he corrected himself.
“No, not Emancipation, I f***ed up the joke,” he added. “She started this s***. She said that me, a f***ing grown-a** man, should quit his job because, ‘My husband didn’t get nominated for ‘Concussion.'”
The film the comedian meant to say was Smith’s 2015 film “Concussion” by director Peter Landesman. The actual moment Rock was referencing took place the same year that Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony amid the #OscarsSoWhite movement, the outlet noted.
However, subscribers of the streaming site will not see the joke in the replay version after the flub was edited out.
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The outlet noted that a source informed them that Rock is aware of the edit and helped Netflix finalize the cut of the special.
In Rock’s special, the comedian took several swipes at Smith and his wife.
“Anybody that says that words hurt has never been punched in the face,” the comedian told the audience. “Words hurt when you write them on a brick.”
He said Smith exhibited “selective outrage” when he slapped him last year at the Oscars.
“Will Smith practices selective outrage because everyone that knows what happened, everybody that really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that s***,” Rock shared. “I didn’t have any entanglements. His wife was f***** her son’s friend.”
“Now I normally wouldn’t talk about this s***,” he added. “But for some reason these n****** put that s*** on the internet. I have no idea why two talented people would do something that f***** low down. What the f***.”
“We’ve all been cheated on, everybody in here has been cheated on,” the comedian continued. “None of us have been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television, like, ‘Hey I was sucking somebody else’s d***, how did that make you feel?’ Why the f*** would you do that s***?”