Chris Rock Finally Addresses the Will Smith Oscar Slap in His New Netflix Comedy Special

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After almost a year, Chris Rock has finally addressed the slap he received from Will Smith at 2022’s Oscars in his new Netflix comedy special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.

As reported by Variety, Rock didn’t get to the slap right away, but gave it a small shoutout throughout the show, including when he said, “They say, ‘words hurt.’ Anybody who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face.”

When he did get to the topic, he began by joking that we all know what happened that night and that it “still hurts.”

“You all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith. Everybody knows. Everybody f****** knows,” Rock said. “I got smacked like a year ago… and people are like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts. I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”

He continued to say he’s no “victim” and that won’t be making a talk show tour to share his feelings to the world about this.

“I’m not a victim baby,” Rock said. “You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle [King] crying. You will never see it… It’s never going to happen. F*** that s***, I took that s*** like [Manny] Pacquiao.”

He also confirmed that, yes, the slap did hurt. After all, as Rock notes, Smith is much bigger than him and he did once play Muhammad Ali on the big screen.

“Will Smith is significantly bigger than me. We are not the same size. Will Smith does movies with his shirt off. You’ve never seen me do a movie with my shirt off. Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in a movie. You think I auditioned for that part? I played Pookie in ‘New Jack City.’ I played a piece of corn in ‘Pootie Tang.’”

Rock went beyond the slap and brought up the “Red Table Talk” episode featuring Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, where they discussed her affair. Rock touched upon it when he said “Everybody who really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that s***. I didn’t have any ‘entanglements.'”

“His wife was f****** her son’s friend. I normally would not talk about this s***… I have no idea why two talented people would do something that f****** lowdown,” Rock said. “We’ve all been cheated on. Everybody in here been cheated on. None of us has ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us… on television. She hurt him way more than he hurt me.”

He then said he attempted to talk to Will after the episode aired, but he didn’t pick up.

“Everybody in the world called him a b****,” Rock said. “I tried to call the m***********. I tried to call that man and give him my condolences. He didn’t pick up for me. Everybody called him a b**** and who does he hit? Me.”

Rock then gave some love to Smith while also getting in one more jab.

“I love Will Smith, my whole life… he makes great movies,” Rock said. “I have rooted for Will Smith my whole life. I root for this m***********.” Rock said. “And now I watch ‘Emancipation’ just to see him get whooped.”

In closing, Rock shared why he didn’t try to slap Will back or retaliate in any way.

“Because I got parents,” Rock explained. “I was raised. And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”

You can watch the full stand-up special on Netflix now, which also happened to be Netflix’s first live event.

For more, check out Will Smith’s apology to Chris Rock, how this year’s Oscars will include a “crisis team” after the slap, and everything else coming to Netflix in March 2023.


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