Chris Rock stays tight-lipped about slap as he arrives in BostonMarch 30, 2022
Bruised ego? Downcast Chris Rock is seen for first time since Will Smith slapped him at the Oscars: Stays tight-lipped as he arrives in Boston for tonight’s sold-out show
- Chris Rock, 57, was seen for the first time in public since he was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars Sunday
- The comedian kept his head down as he arrived in Boston on Tuesday, ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday
- Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats skyrocketed
- Attendees are hoping that Rock will have updated material for his first show to address the incident
- The slap at Sunday’s Oscars will go down as one of the most shocking moments in awards history
- Rock told the Los Angeles Police Department that he does not want to press charges against Smith
Chris Rock stayed tight-lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since the night of the Oscars, where he was slapped on stage during the live awards ceremony by Will Smith after making a joke about the actor’s wife.
The comedian, 57, kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 p.m. on Tuesday for his sold-out show and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer any questions about Sunday’s incident.
Smith has publicly apologized to Rock for slapping him in what could down in one of the most shocking moments in awards show history. Rock declined to press charges, but has remained silent and out of public view since Sunday.
Rock was later seen leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and immediately got into his waiting vehicle. He was thought to be headed to Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday.
The comedian is scheduled to perform tonight, making it his first appearance since the now-infamous slap at Sunday night’s awards show.
Chris Rock stayed tight lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since he was slapped by actor Will Smith on stage at the Oscars Sunday night when he made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada
The comedian kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 p.m. Tuesday and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer questions about Sunday’s incident
Rock is scheduled to perform tonight at his sold-out show where tickets have soared into the thousands
Rock, 57, declined LAPD’s offer to file a police report against Smith after being slapped in the face at Oscars
Smith shocked the crowd and viewers at home Sunday when he took the stage during Rock’s remarks after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife. Rock said, ‘Jada, I love you. `G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.’
The joke touched a nerve. Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved, has spoken publicly about her alopecia diagnosis.
Smith strode on stage and slapped Rock across the face. Back in his seat, Smith twice shouted for Rock to ‘get my wife’s name out your (expletive) mouth.’
His words echoed clearly throughout the Dolby, though broadcaster ABC cut the audio for about 15 seconds. Within 45 minutes, Smith won best actor. During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the academy.
Smith on Monday also issued an apology to Rock, saying his behavior was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ and left him ’embarrassed’.
‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.’
Rock, who had not been seen until today, had told the Los Angeles Police Department that he does not want to press charges. A source told TMZ on Monday that after the slapping incident, he went backstage to his dressing room and has not spoken to Smith.
Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after Will Smith hit the comedian during Sunday night’s awards ceremony.
On Stubhub, tickets are listed between $125 and $399. On Vividseats, they’re listed between $244 and $1,150. And on TickPick, tickets are listed between $307 and $1,463.
By Tuesday morning, the first show on Wednesday in Boston had sold out.
Rock was later seen leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and got into his waiting vehicle
Rock was thought to be headed to Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday
Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after the incident
The slap will go down as one of the most shocking moments in awards history, and has already been viewed tens of millions of times.
Smith, 53, could still face a misdemeanor charge for battery should Rock have a change of heart.
On Monday, the Academy held emergency talks over Zoom about stripping Smith of his award, but Oscar bosses are said to be split over whether to take the actor’s trophy for his role in ‘King Richard’ because the assault breaks a new code of conduct drawn up by The Academy in the wake of #MeToo movement and the appalling crimes of Harvey Weinstein.
Members, including Smith himself, have agreed to behave in a way that never violates ‘the integrity of the Academy by their actions’ or face suspension or expulsion. Critics are clear that the actor’s live TV attack meets that definition – but his supporters insist he ‘should be able to hold on to it’.
A source told The Sun: ‘Once the ceremony was over they called in key members to hold an emergency meeting about what action they should take.
‘There have been calls to have Will stripped of his Best Actor gong. They cannot be seen to be condoning violence in any way and there are some people in the Academy who believe they should remove the award from him to make a point. Others, however, believe he should be allowed to hold on to it’.
Chris Rock, who has not been seen since the attack, has been offered a ‘package of after care’ including a counsellor if he needs one, the insider said. The comedian has told the Los Angeles Police Department that he does not want to press charges.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. On Monday, Smith apologized
Pictured: Chris Rock holds a hand to his face after he was slapped by Will Smith while presenting an award at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony in Hollywood
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