Chris Rock says still ‘processing’ Will Smith slap nightmare


Chris Rock on Wednesday night told an audience at his sold-out comedy show in Boston that he was ‘still processing’ being slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars, in his first public response to Sunday’s shocking incident.  

Dressed all in white, Rock, 57, took to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre and asked the excited crowd: ‘Sooooo, how was your weekend?!’

With the crowd all handing over their cell phones before the show began, the former Saturday Night Live star was greeted with a long standing ovation in the first of two sets he performed Wednesday as part for his Ego Death Tour. 

However, the usually-uninhibited funnyman quickly shut down any hopes he would crack jokes about the slap heard round the world to the 3,000 fans in the audience, some of whom reportedly paid nearly $1,000 for a ticket. 

‘Let me be all misty and s***,’ he said, with tears in his eyes.


‘I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that…’ he said, and paused.

‘I had written a whole show before this weekend. 

‘I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes.’ 

Rock skirted the subject again in his second set but seemingly confirmed that he has not spoken with Smith since being smacked in the jaw on live television.


‘I haven’t talked to anyone, despite what you heard,’ Rock said.

Twice during the first show, a couple of members of the audience shouted: ‘Will Smith,’ drawing a far louder chorus of boos. 

Following the heckling, DailyMail.com saw one man being dragged out by security guards.

Police confirmed that the man was maced and kicked out of the theater by multiple security guards. 

The kerfuffle disrupted Rock, who responded the second time by saying: ‘Is this how this tour is going to go?’ 

Later Rock commented on his life in general, saying that ‘except for some weird things, life is pretty good right now.’ 

The crowd laughed, knowing exactly what the ‘weird things’ referred to.

Rock seemed unfazed as he delivered his typically high-energy routine, keeping the crowd roaring and gasping as he joked about everything from overweight people at Disney parks, to his decision to get a vasectomy after seeing a 78-year-old Robert De Niro walking around with a child.

He joked about how he spends all his money on women, and wryly recommended his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer to the audience, for winning her half his fortune without her ever telling a joke. 

Rock took the stage shortly after it emerged that Smith had refused to leave the Oscars after he was approached by the heads of the Academy of Motion Pictures. 

The Academy said on Wednesday he ignored the request from the president, David Rubin, and CEO, Dawn Hudson, to leave, and that he had violated their code of conduct.

The 53-year-old actor marched onto the stage on Sunday and hit Rock, after Rock told a joke about Smith’s wife.

Shortly after, Smith was announced as the winner of the best actor award and went up to collect his statuette to a standing ovation from many of his peers. Mailonline

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