Will Smith 'Embarrassed And Hurt' Over Chis Rock's Verbal Jabs In 'Selective Outrage' Comedy Special

Chris Rock's Brother Says Will Smith Lied About Reaching Out To The Comedian After Oscars Slap 

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By Favour Adegoke on April 4, 2023 at 5:00 PM EDT

Tony Rock has revealed that Will Smith didn't reach out to his brother, Chris Rock, after slapping him at the Oscars.

He said that the actor's earlier claim in a video post about contacting Chris didn't happen, contrary to what many people have come to believe. The "Hitch" actor also pointed out that Will did not contact him, adding that he feels it would never happen.

Last month, Chris finally addressed the Oscar slap during his Netflix special. After the footage was released on the streaming platform, it was reported that Will felt "embarrassed and hurt" by the comedian's remarks about him and his family.

Keep on reading to learn more.

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Tony Rock Denies Will Smith's Claims About Reaching Out

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In his recent appearance on the BigBoyTV radio show, Tony revealed that Will's statement about reaching out to Chris after the Oscars slap was false.

A video posted last July showed the "King Richard" actor claiming that he called the comedian days after the incident to try and make amends for his actions at the award ceremony.

"That wasn't true, that wasn't true," Tony said about Will's then-remarks, per Insider. "I think, like, two nights later, he said, 'I reached out to Chris, and he didn't want to talk.' That wasn't true."

Tony further remarked that Will didn't bother to contact him to talk about the incident, which had deeply affected all members of the Rock family.

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He added, "My phone number has never changed. So, I just thought I'd get a phone call one day like, 'Ay, let's just you and I just talk.' It hasn't happened, so I guess it's not going to happen."

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The Oscars Slap Incident

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The slap that was heard around the world had occurred while Rock was presenting the award for best documentary feature at the 94th Academy Awards last year.

The comedian had dropped a few jokes to entertain the attendees, including one directed at Will's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, that seemingly referenced the actress' bald head caused by her alopecia.

The joke didn't go down well with Will, who then walked on stage and swung at the comedian, making contact with his face.

After the slap, the "Emancipation" star stepped off the stage and walked back to his seat, then shouted out, "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth!"

Unsurprisingly, the altercation brought many troubles for Will, including a ban from attending the awards ceremony for ten years.

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Chris Rock Addressed The Slap

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It took a year before Will would address the incident, and he did so in grand style via his Netflix comedy special, "Chris Rock: Selective Outrage."

During the special, the "Everybody Hates Chris" star said Will practices "selective outrage," explaining that the actor's dishonorable act was just a way to vent his pent-up anger about his wife's scandalous affair with August Alsina.

Rock also faulted the duo for discussing their private matters in public, as he wouldn't have spoken about it if it was already in the open.

"We've all been cheated on. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person we cheated on television. She hurt him way more than he hurt me," Chris said on the special, per Insider.

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Will Smith Reacts To Chris Rocks' Netflix Special

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Following the debut of the special on Netflix, Will reacted to Chris's comments about him and his family.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the actor was "embarrassed and hurt" and was surprised that the comedian was still harboring resentment after all this time, despite his multiple social media apologies.

A source said Will wants Rock to "let it go," considering time has passed since the incident, and that the actor has also "worked on himself" to deal with the issues that led to his outburst.

Will was also said to be "upset" with Netflix for allowing Chris to use their platform to express his views.

At the time, fans also weighed in on Chris's critical statements about Will, with many supporting the comedian for exacting his own pound of flesh, while others called him out for still holding a grudge almost a year after the infamous slapping incident.

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