Chris Rock Says He’s Still Processing the Oscars Incident. Academy Claims Will Smith Was Also Asked To Leave


Chris Rock was met with multiple standing ovations as he performed for the first time since the Will Smith slapping incident at last Sunday’s Oscars. The comedian opened the show in Boston by telling the audience wouldn’t be talking much about the incident. 

“I don’t have like a bunch of s*** about what happened. So if you came to hear that, I’m not—I had, like, a whole show I wrote before this weekend,”Rock said.

The show had intense security. 

Inside Edition correspondent Les Trent attended the 10 p.m. broadcast, where everyone was asked to lock their phones. 

Rock was filmed by someone in the crowd. TikTok posted the video.

“I’m still kinda processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that s*** and it’ll be serious and it’ll be funny,”Rock expressed his admiration for the Oscars incident. 

The Academy issued a statement Wednesday night claiming Will Smith. “was asked to leave the ceremony and refused.” It was a request, not a demand, and it was made backstage to Smith’s publicist.

Variety disproves this claim. It reports that Smith was found in chaos following the incident. “never formally urged to leave the show”That and more “mixed messages”They were sent.

Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson was Smith’s publicist. Smith was seen talking to her during a commercial break.

Smith received the Best Actor award 45 minutes later. His publicist was waiting to greet him as he left the stage. She gave him a long embrace before leading him away. 

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