Chris Rock is back on stage, only this time, he’s not presenting any award, but he’s definitely cracking those jokes, minus Will Smith or Jada references. Rock is currently on his “Ego Death Tour” and if the name of the show is itself not a complete study in irony, we don’t know what is.
The 94th Annual Academy Awards will forever be remembered as the time Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage, in the middle of his presentation for Best Documentary feature, all because he could not take a joke about Jada.
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When Rock came on stage, looking dapper and cracking a few jokes, no one in the audience expected the future turn of events.
Rock pointed at Jada, his co-star from the Madagascar animated franchise, and said, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it!”
While the celebrity audience nervously tittered, Rock carried on, calling it a “nice joke” but within a few seconds, the scene had changed. While Smith was spotted laughing, at a roll of Jada’s eyes, his mood changed. He strode on stage as Rock stood there with a friendly smile on his face, expecting some banter.
Shocking all, Will Smith took a swing at Rock, socking him one. Initially, it seemed like a scripted joke. But the Rock mouthed, “Oh wow… Will Smith just smacked the sh** out of me” to which Smith, now back in his seat, yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!”
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Rock tried to make sense, carrying on the conversation saying, “Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke,” but Smith hollered out his warning again, “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!”
“I’m going to, okay?” Rock finally replied, going on to say, “That was the … greatest night in the history of television” and finally, gathered his wits to present the award.
Will Smith Later Apologized To Chris Rock
Soon after the presentation, Rock left the Academy Awards, and later Will Smith clinched the Best Actor Award for “King Richard”. He apologized to the Academy in his speech, saying that his actions had come from a place of “love”. The next day, the Academy Award winner issued a formal apology to Rock, on social media, calling his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
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Chris Rock Greeted With Standing Ovations
Please give Chris rock an Oscar. Take it from will smith and just give to Chris Rock 👍👍
— GaToCONBoTaS 🇬🇹+🇺🇸 🗽🤸♂️🚴♂️ 🥊🥋 (@GATOCON39758903) March 29, 2022
For Will Smith not be taken out of the room after hitting you, and then to accept the award and not apologize to you while he did apologize to The Academy, and then talk and cry about love and peace is mind blowing. Kudos to you Chris Rock, for your grace in this.
— Worth Repeating (@pvaughnd) March 28, 2022