Chris Rock jokes that he finally got most of his ‘audition’ after being slapped by Will Smith
Chris Rock has joked with fans that he finally got “most of my auditions” after being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars.
The comedian, 57, appeared on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday, as part of his Ego Death comedy tour.
Teasing the 5,000 ticket holders who were expecting a series of jokes about Smith, he opened the show by saying: “I’m fine, if anyone was wondering…I got most of my audition back” , reported The Times of London.
Audiences were quickly disappointed when Rock continued, “People expect me to talk about the bulls**t, I’m not going to talk about that now.”
Smith, 53, hit Rock hard at the Oscars in March after the comedian told a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Rock made a GI Jane joke, referencing Pinkett-Smith’s ongoing battle with alopecia, which prompted her husband to storm the stage and slap the comedian hard.
The violent outburst caused an uproar on social media and resulted in Smith being banned from the Oscars for 10 years.
Chris Rock toured the world on his Ego Death Tour and on Thursday at the Royal Albert Hall in London he discussed Will Smith, abortion, his love life and Meghan Markle during the first of his four shows UK.
Rock, 57, said he didn’t want to talk about the time Smith, 53, slapped him at the Ocars (pictured) but continues to drop treats here and there during his Ego Death World Tour
Rock, however, told fans he would “eventually” talk about it “on Netflix” and claimed he wouldn’t discuss when until he was “paid” and saw a check with his name on it.
At the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, he again fueled interest in the incident by ending his banned actor speech, saying: ‘Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.’
Rock also reminisced about the moment during a surprise Dave Chappelle show in Los Angeles, where the pair discussed their recent onstage altercations.
Chappelle – who was brutally attacked by Isaiah Lee, 23, during a show at the Hollywood Bowl in early May – jokingly told Rock that he had at least “been hit by someone big name”.
“I was hit by a homeless man with leaves in his hair,” Chappelle said on May 5.
Rock replied jokingly, “I got hit with the sweetest nigga that ever rapped.”
Other celebrities, such as Family Feud host Steve Harvey, 65, even had fun telling students at Georgia State University that Jada Pinkett-Smith would have moved if Smith had slapped her.
‘You slap [Texas megachurch bishop] TD Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. Are you slapping me? If you sit in your seat, Jada will have to step aside. That’s the kind of Christian I am.
“I’m a Christian, but I’m really underdeveloped. I don’t have high level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on,” he said.
He, like many others, called Smith’s backlash a “punk movement” and said he “lost a lot of respect for him”.
Rock recently joked with the Royal Albert Hall audience of 5,000 that he had “most of my hearing back” after being slapped at the Oscars in March.
Rock recently joined Dave Chappelle (pictured together at the Hollywood Bowl) twice on stage at two shows, twice joking about Smith
On Thursday’s Albert Hall show – the first of four UK shows – Rock discussed other big topics, such as the upcoming Supreme Court ruling Roe v Wade – joking that he had paid enough, reported the Times – and poked fun at her love life and Meghan Markle’s ‘in-law crap’.
He reportedly claimed it was not ‘racist’ for the Royal Family to ask how dark the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children would be because other black people would also want to know, The Times reported.
He even joked about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 57, who was recently seen partying with his Downing Street colleagues during the lockdown. Rock said he “would like to party with Boris Johnson”. [But] I wouldn’t let him run a McDonald’s.
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