Chris Rock’s comedy tours have become quite the spectacle in recent years. However, his new tour is raising a lot of questions about what will happen when he discusses Will Smith slapping him on stage during an interview 10 years ago.
The “Chris Rock comedy tour” is a live comedy show that will be taking place this summer. The comedian, Chris Rock, is known for his jokes about Will Smith and the smack he received from him.
Comedian Chris Rock might finally confront the “slap heard ’round the world” on Wednesday evening, when he kicks off a global stand-up comedy tour and makes his first public appearance since getting slapped on stage at the Oscars by actor Will Smith.
Meanwhile, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is scheduled to convene on Wednesday, and Smith’s actions at Sunday’s ceremony are expected to be a prominent topic of discussion.
On March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Will Smith (R) slaps Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Academy Awards. Getty Images/ROBYN BECK/AFP
However, the Academy’s official probe, which was initiated Monday in reaction to the brawl, might take weeks to complete. Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson expressed their horror at Smith’s on-stage attack of Rock in a statement issued to Academy members Tuesday and seen by multiple trade magazines, but said it would take time to evaluate the repercussions.
“To be clear,” the letter concluded, “we condemn Mr. Smith’s behavior on Sunday night.” “The Academy’s Board of Governors will now decide on appropriate action for Mr. Smith, as specified in our rules.” This must go through a formal procedure that will take a few weeks, as required by California law for members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and as outlined in our Standards of Conduct.
“We will keep you updated on any changes, but we ask that you respect your board, Academy staff, and the process as it develops so that it can function in the thoughtful manner that was intended and required. Please have faith that the Board of Governors will undertake this process in a timely and courteous way for all parties concerned while upholding the Academy’s values.”
Smith’s possible punishments have yet to be determined, but they are expected to entail either a suspension of his Academy membership or a permanent expulsion.
His best-actor Oscar for “King Richard” is unlikely to be revoked. Members like as Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, and Harvey Weinstein have already been ousted from the Academy, but none have been required to give up any past Oscars.
Rock was on stage at the Dolby Theatre to present the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday night, but he made a joke about Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, and her bald head, implying that she would be in a sequel to “G.I. Jane.”
Pinkett Smith has previously said that she suffers from the hair-loss disorder alopecia.
Smith, who was sitting in the front row, came onto the stage and hit Rock in the face, then screamed at him repeatedly, demanding him to “get my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.”
He subsequently sadly apologized to the Academy and his fellow candidates, but not to Rock, when he won the best actor Oscar for his depiction of the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard.”
“Violence in all of its manifestations is corrosive and harmful,” Smith said in a formal written apology on Monday.
“My conduct at the Academy Awards last night was both terrible and unforgivable. Jokes about my health are expected on the job, but one regarding Jada’s condition was too much for me to handle, and I responded emotionally “he said
“I’d want to make a public apology to you, Chris.” I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m humiliated, and my actions do not reflect the guy I want to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and peace.
“I’d also want to express my regret to the Academy, the show’s producers, all of the attendees, and everyone watching across the globe.” I’d want to express my regret to the Williams family as well as my ‘King Richard’ family. I am very sorry that my actions have marred what has otherwise been a wonderful adventure for all of us.
“I’m still working on myself.”
“This is a season for healing, and I’m here for it,” Jada Pinkett Smith said on Instagram on Tuesday.
Since the confrontation, Rock has made no public statements. His comedy tour, on the other hand, saw a rapid increase in ticket sales.
TickPick, a ticket company, tweeted Monday, “We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the previous month combined.”
Rock’s trip, titled the “Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour 2022,” starts off Wednesday in Boston and runs through November 17 and 18, including stops at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the location of the iconic slap. On April 8, he will perform at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Riverside County.
Meanwhile, in Hollywood, the backlash continues to grow.
Amy Schumer, who co-hosted the award show with Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes on Sunday, said she was “still upset and frightened” on her Instagram page late Monday.
She commented, “I adore my buddy (Rock) and feel he handled it like a pro.” “The entire situation was very unsettling because he stayed up there and delivered an Oscar to his pal (Questlove). So much anguish in (Smith). Anyway, I’m still startled, upset, and shocked. I’m quite pleased with myself and my co-hosts. But, yes. Waiting for the horrible sensation caused by what we had all watched to go away.”
Sykes claimed she was “still a bit frightened” by the confrontation on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk program. She also chastised the choice to keep Smith in the Dolby Theatre and receive the Oscar after he had attacked Rock.
“I was thinking, “How horrible is this?” when they allowed him remain in that room for the duration of the program and get his prize. This is just sending the incorrect message “she said “You attack someone, and then you’re removed out of the building. I felt it was disgusting that they allowed him to continue. ‘Unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight,’ I hoped to be able to say when he won “”‘ ‘