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Chris Rock joked about the Oscars drama just hours after Will Smith issued an apology in front of the camera to the comedian Friday, nearly four months after Smith stormed the Oscars stage and slapped the rocker live while presenting an award at the 2022 gala.
Performing at Atlanta’s Fox Theater as part of his “Ego Death World Tour,” Rock compares Smith to former Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, who is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence after filing a non-competition to manslaughter in 2018 after a fatal confrontation in Los Angeles in 2015.
“Everyone’s trying to be a victim,” Rock said via People magazine. “If everyone pretends to be a victim, no one will hear the real victims. I was even slapped by Suge Smith…I went to work the next day, I have kids.”
Smith will open up about slapping Chris Rock Oscars
During the height of his career in the 1990s, Knight was known for putting West Coast rap on the map with the massive success of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”, followed by Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” in 1993. Soon, he helped broker a deal to secure Tupac Shakur released from prison and later signed to the label, with his movie “All Eyez on Me” releasing in 1996.
He added, “Anyone who says painful words has never been punched in the face,” words he echoed on a previous show while he recently toured with Kevin Hart on “Only Headliners allowed.”
Knight is known for his music as much as for his temper, and is allegedly the ringleader in a series of violent deals. Shakur was in Knight’s car when he was killed in a speeding car attack in Las Vegas in September 1996. A similar drive-by shooting killed Shakur’s East Coast rival, The Notorious Page in March 1997, with Knight as the prime suspect. Knight had criminal convictions for armed robbery and assault, and lost control of the label when he was forced into bankruptcy in 2009.
I am not a victim. Paper cut,” Rock reportedly told the crowd in New Jersey last week, via Us Weekly.
Smith shared a YouTube video that answers his most frequently asked questions, including why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech. After Smith got on stage and slapped Rock to make a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, he won Best Actor for his role in “King Richard.”
Smith admitted about not making an immediate apology to Rock: “It felt a little foggy at this point.” “Everything is mysterious.”
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The “Gemini Man” actor revealed that he reached out to Rock to talk about the incident, but claimed the comedian isn’t willing to sit down with him. He also spent the 5-minute video apologizing to rockstars and others – including Rose Rock.
“I want to apologize to Chris’ mother,” Smith said. “I saw an interview that Chris’s mother did, and you know, that was one of the things in that moment. I didn’t realize it, you know, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt in that moment,” the actor explained.
Rose said at the beginning: Slapping: “When he slapped Chris, he slapped us all, but he really slapped me.”
“So I want to apologize to Chris’ mother,” Smith continued. “I want to apologize to Kris’ family. Specifically, Tony Rock [Chris’ younger brother]. You know, we had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. This is most likely irreparable.”
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Rock joked about “GI Jane” and pointed to Jada’s bald head. Pinkett Smith has previously discussed her suffering from alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.
Days later, it was star of independence day He announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a statement provided to Fox News Digital, saying he “betrayed the Academy’s trust.”
“I have responded directly to the notice of the Academy’s disciplinary hearing, and will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” he said.
After his resignation, which the Academy accepted, Smith was banned for 10 years from attending Oscar events and performances.
Fox News’ Lauren Overholtz contributed to this report.