Comedian Chris Rock has spoken out after being slapped by Oscar winner Will Smith after making a bald joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia
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Chris Rock has finally broken his silence after being punched in the face by Will Smith.
Oscar winner Will stormed onto the stage at the Oscars on Sunday night and slapped Chris in the face for making a cheeky joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
Chris reportedly responded to the incident during a comedy performance tonight by telling the audience he was still “processing” what happened and would not comment further at the moment, CNN correspondent Elizabeth Joseph reported on Twitter.
Quoting the comedian, she previously tweeted: “I don’t have much to say [the incident], so if that’s why you came here… I had a whole show written before this weekend. I’m still processing what happened.”
He is said to have said: “At some point I will talk about it. It is getting serious. It’s going to be fun, but now I’m going to tell a few jokes.”
Chris – on stage at the Oscars – had approached Jada in the audience and told her he was looking forward to seeing her in the GI Jane sequel.
He was referring to Demi Moore, who shaved her head for the role.
Jada shaved her hair off after being diagnosed with alopecia and clearly wasn’t impressed by Chris’ joke.
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While she and Will both laughed initially, her face soon drooped and she looked upset that her condition was the reason for the joke.
At that moment, Will stormed onto the stage and punched Chris in the face.
Returning to his seat, Chris said, “Wow, wow, Will Smith just blew me away.”
Will then yelled at Chris, “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth.”
When Chris insisted he was just joking, Will raised his voice and repeated himself, and Chris told him, “I’ll do it, okay.”
Moments later, Will was back on stage to accept his Oscar.
During his acceptance, he tearfully apologized for what happened, saying, “I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees.”
He added: “This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying because I won an award, it’s not about winning an award for me, it’s about being able to shine a light on all people.
“Art mimics life, I look like the crazy dad just like they said about Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things.”
He continued to pay tribute to his mother and family before adding, “Thank you for this honor, thank you for this moment … I hope the academy invites me back.”
Will later appeared to laugh about what happened by responding to critics who left messages on his Instagram post.
After seeing the backlash, Will seemed to indicate he wasn’t taking the whole thing too seriously, commenting, “You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore anywhere!!”
He was referring to his hometown of Philadelphia and Jada’s hometown of Baltimore.
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His comment was added to a video he captioned “Me ‘n @jadapinkettsmith.”
Will didn’t seem too concerned about what was happening as he arrived at the Vanity Fair after-party with Jada, daughter Willow, and sons Trey and Jaden.
He had a huge grin on his face as he posed with his award and then danced to his own song at the party while high-fiving other guests.
There were calls for Will to have his best actor gong taken away after his outburst, although rapper Diddy said the pair had already struck a truce.
Ever since the on-stage drama, Will has been scrambling to apologize on social media.
The Oscar winner said on Instagram Monday that he was “out of line” on Sunday night.
“Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable,” he began.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.
“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence,” he continued.
Apologizing to the Academy, Will added, “I also want to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the contestants and all viewers around the world.
“I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior affected what was otherwise a great trip for all of us,” he concluded.
“I’m a work in progress. Sincerely, Will.”.
Will’s wife Jada also broke her silence a few days later on Tuesday.
On Instagram, she shared a meme that read, “This is a season of healing and I’m here for it.”
The simple post didn’t directly address Sunday night’s incident, although it appears to be related to it.
Will’s mum also broke her silence after seeing her famous son slap comedian Chris on stage.
Carolyn Smith said she’s never seen her son act like this when he slapped Chris in the face over a cheeky joke he made about the star’s wife, Jada.
she said 6abc : “He is a very balanced person. This is the first time I’ve seen him take off. For the first time in his life…I’ve never seen him like that.”
She spoke to the Philadelphia news network about her famous son’s first-ever Oscar win and the controversial moment before it.
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