Will Smith news latest: Chris Rock says he's 'still processing' the Oscars slap incident at sold-out Boston show

Will Smith news latest: Chris Rock says he’s ‘still processing’ the Oscars slap incident at sold-out Boston show

Will Smith punches Chris Rock at the Oscars

This year’s Oscars featured shocks, sighs and surprises – but all anyone will care about is a slap. The Academy Awards took place on Sunday night, with films including The Power of the Dog, West Side Story, Licorice Pizza and Coda battling it out in the big categories.

The biggest story of the night had almost nothing to do with the awards: a shocking altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock sparked by a joke about Smith’s wife Jada. Smith walked up onto the stage and appeared to smack Rock in the face, before shouting at him to not refer to his wife again.

It undoubtedly overshadowed the night as a whole, and notably – just minutes later – Smith’s win of the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard. Through tears, Smith called himself “a vessel of love” and apologized to the Academy. The LAPD confirmed that Rock is not pressing charges. The Academy said it “does not condone violence of any form” and launched a “formal review” into what happened. Hours later, Smith apologized to Rock and said he was “embarrassed”.

Following the on-stage incident, celebrities including Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler have spoken out in support of Rock, whose forthcoming comedy tour has since experienced a huge surge of interest.

On Wednesday, during the sold-out Boston show of his Ego Death round, Rock finally addressed the altercation between him and Smith.

You can follow all the developments about the “slap that was heard around the world” in our live blog below…

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Academy officials were ‘apoplectic’ after Will Smith ignored their request to leave Oscars after Chris Rock slap

Two sources who were present at the scene told TMZ that David Rubin, the president of the Academy, and CEO Dawn Hudson were “apoplectic” and “furious” at Smith when he refused to leave the venue after slapping Chris Rock.

The sources also said that there was plenty of “yelling” and “heated conversations” backstage with the King Richard actor’s reps after the incident.

Following Sunday’s (27 March) situation, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has now begun “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith.

Leonie Cooper has the full story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 08:00

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P Diddy says he ‘never confirmed’ Will Smith and Chris Rock had reconciled

P Diddy has clarified that he “never confirmed” that Will Smith and Chris Rock had reconciled after the Oscars 2022 incident.

After Sunday night’s events unfolded, Page Six reported that P Diddy confirmed at the Vanity Fair Oscars party that Rock and Smith had reconciled after the incident.

However, P Diddy has now set the record straight.

“I never confirmed they had reconciled,” he told TMZ, according to Complex. ”I said, ‘As brothers, they will work it out, and let’s move on with love’.”

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 07:50

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James Corden accuses Will Smith of not being able to ‘take a joke’

Speaking on his The Late Late ShowCorden directly addressed the controversy from the Oscars where Smith slapped Rock after he made a joke about his wife’s appearance.

“I’ll say this, Will Smith can’t take a joke,” Corden said.

He went on to praise how Rock handled the incident: “Seriously though, I applaud Chris Rock for recovering, keeping the show moving. It was an incredibly dignified response.”

Sam Moore has the full story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 07:20

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Chris Rock greeted with a long standing ovation at first show after Oscar slap

As soon as Chris Rock appeared at the packed Wilbur Theater for the opening show of his Ego Death round, he was greeted with a 2-3 minute-long standing ovation.

“Let me be all misty and s***,” he said with tears in his eyes. “I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that,” Rock said adding: “I had written a whole show before this weekend.”

“I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes,” Rock, who landed in Boston for his first live show after the Will Smith Oscars incident, said on Wednesday (30 March).

Peony Hirwani31 March 2022 06:53

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What was the joke Chris Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars?

Chris Rock was onstage to present the award for Best Documentary when he made a remark about Pinkett Smith’s appearance.

“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2can’t wait to see you,” he quipped, appearing to refer to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
G.I. Jane was a 1997 American drama film starring Demi Moore in a fictional story about the first woman to undergo special operations training, similar to the US Navy Seals. Moore, who won a Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actress for her performance, had a shaved head for the movie.

Roisin O’Connor has the full story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 05:20

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Chris Rock breaks silence on Will Smith Oscars slap

Chris Rock broke his silence over Will Smith hitting him onstage at the Oscars on Sunday (27 March).

The comedian addressed the altercation on Wednesday night (March 30) at the sold-out Boston show of his Ego Death tour, where he said he was “still processing” what happened last weekend.

After the crowd greeted him with a standing ovation, Rock, 57, said: “Let me be all misty and s***“, with tears in his eyes. “I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that…” Rock added, saying: “I had written a whole show before this weekend.”

“I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes,” the comedian said.

Maanya Sachdeva has the full story:

Peony HirwaniMarch 31, 2022 04:26

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Debunking bizarre claims about the Will Smith slap

While the whole Will Smith/Chris Rock drama was caught on camera, some internet conspiracy theorists have falsely claimed that the entire thing was planned or a stunt.

At the link below, we’ve debunked some of the wildest theories claiming that The Slap (trademark) was fake…

Isobel LewisMarch 31, 2022 01:32

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If ever there was a chance to insert the 30Rock “Lemon, it’s Wednesday” gif, this’d be it…

Isobel LewisMarch 31, 2022 00:07

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Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after Chris Rock slap, Academy says

Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after assaulting Chris Rock, but refused, the Academy says.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences says it has now begun “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith for his conduct during the ceremony.

“The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy,” the organization said in a new statement.

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One star who did miss out on all the on-stage action was Rita Ora, who’s admitted that she was in the bathroom when Will Smith punched Chris Rock.

The singer, who was attending Vanity Fair‘s party with boyfriend Taika Waititi, told Australia’s Nova FM that she was “very annoyed” to have missed the event.

Ora and Waititi at the Vanity Fair party

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“I suddenly had to go to the bathroom at that point, which I’m very annoyed about,” she said, adding that she was left wondering what on earth was going on on her return.

Isobel LewisMarch 30, 2022 10:33 p.m.