Chris Rock addresses Will Smith’s Oscars slap: ‘I’m still kind of processing what happened’

Chris Rock, left, reacts after being hit on stage by Will Smith while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Just three days after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, the comedian is addressing what happened in his first standup show since the altercation.

Rock performed a sold-out show Wednesday in Boston at the Wilbur Theater. On Sunday, the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia, and her bald head, which resulted in the “King Richard” actor walking up to the stage and striking Rock in the face.

On Wednesday night, Rock was greeted by thunderous applause and told the audience “I’m still kind of processing what happened,” according to an audio recording of the comedy show published by Variety and reports from CNN and People.

“How was your weekend?” Rock quipped, according to Variety’s audio, after the applause quieted down. “I don’t have a bunch of (expletive) about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend.”

“So at some point I’ll talk about that (expletive),” he told the crowd. “And it will be serious and funny.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Rock’s representative for comment.

After two back-to-back standing ovations Wednesday night, which CNN reports lasted several minutes, Rock became emotional.

“I’m going to tell some jokes,” he said. “It’s nice to be just out.”

Following Sunday’s shocking incident, Rock is continuing his Ego Death comedy tour, which officially kicks off Saturday in New Jersey; tickets are already sold out for the premiere performances. The comedian is also performing six shows at the Wilbur in Boston before his tour commences — all of which are sold out, according to Ticketmaster’s website.

Tickets to Rock’s Wednesday show and following Wilbur dates were initially going for $51 to $71, but resellers are now listing them for exponentially higher rates. TickPick, a secondary ticket seller, has seen a 641% increase.

“We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined,” TickPick’s official Twitter page announced Monday.

Following Sunday’s Academy Awards, Smith apologized to Rock on Instagram Monday, condemning violence “in all its forms” and also apologizing to the Academy, the Oscars’ producers, everyone in attendance and everyone watching from home.

“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,” he wrote.

Pinkett Smith also broke her silence following Rock’s “G.I. Jane 2” joke, sharing a graphic on Instagram that read: “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

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