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Chris Rock breaks his silence on being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars


Chris Rock broke his silence on being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars last week as he spoke at his sold-out comedy show in Boston on Wednesday night.

The comedian, 57, admitted that he was ‘still processing what happened on the night, before promising that at ‘some point I’ll talk about that s***’.

Chris was hit by King Richard actor Will, 53, on stage after he joked that Will’s wife Jada, who has openly shared her alopecia struggles, was set to star in GI Jane 2 due to her shaved head.

Having his say: Chris Rock broke his silence on being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars last week as he spoke at his sold-out comedy show in Boston on Wednesday night (pictured leaving the show)

Having his say: Chris Rock broke his silence on being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars last week as he spoke at his sold-out comedy show in Boston on Wednesday night (pictured leaving the show) 

He took to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre and poking fun at the incident, asked the excited crowd: ‘Sooooo, how was your weekend?!’ 

Taking a more serious tone he then said: ‘Let me be all misty and s***.’

‘I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that…’ he added, and paused.

‘I had written a whole show before this weekend.

Ouch: Chris was hit by King Richard actor Will, 53, on stage after he joked that Will's wife Jada, who has openly shared her alopecia struggles, was set to star in GI Jane 2 due to her shaved head

Ouch: Chris was hit by King Richard actor Will, 53, on stage after he joked that Will’s wife Jada, who has openly shared her alopecia struggles, was set to star in GI Jane 2 due to her shaved head

‘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.’ 

With the crowd all handing over their cell phones before the show began, the former Saturday Night Live star was greeted with a long standing ovation in the first of two sets he performed Wednesday as part for his Ego Death Tour. 

There were 3,000 fans in the audience, some of whom reportedly paid nearly $1,000 for a ticket.  

Twice during the first show, a couple of members of the audience shouted: ‘Will Smith,’ drawing a far louder chorus of boos. 

Show: There were 3,000 fans in the audience, some of whom reportedly paid nearly $1,000 for a ticket

Show: There were 3,000 fans in the audience, some of whom reportedly paid nearly $1,000 for a ticket

Following the heckling, DailyMail.com saw one man being dragged out by security guards.

Police confirmed that the man was maced and kicked out of the theater by multiple security guards. 

The kerfuffle disrupted Rock, who responded the second time by saying: ‘Is this how this tour is going to go?’ 

Later Rock commented on his life in general, saying that ‘except for some weird things, life is pretty good right now.’ 

Awkward: He took to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre and poking fun at the incident, asked the excited crowd: 'Sooooo, how was your weekend?!' (pictured heading into the theatre)

Awkward: He took to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre and poking fun at the incident, asked the excited crowd: ‘Sooooo, how was your weekend?!’ (pictured heading into the theatre)  

The crowd laughed, knowing exactly what the ‘weird things’ referred to.

Rock seemed unfazed as he delivered his typically high-energy routine, keeping the crowd roaring and gasping as he joked about everything from overweight people at Disney parks, to his decision to get a vasectomy after seeing a 78-year-old Robert De Niro walking around with a child.

He joked about how he spends all his money on women, and wryly recommended his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer to the audience, for winning her half his fortune without her ever telling a joke. 

Rock took the stage shortly after it emerged that Smith had refused to leave the Oscars after he was approached by the heads of the Academy of Motion Pictures. 

Drama: Jada and Will showed a united front after the row with Rock overshadowed his Oscar win (pictured at the Vanity Fair afterparty)

Drama: Jada and Will showed a united front after the row with Rock overshadowed his Oscar win (pictured at the Vanity Fair afterparty)

The Academy said on Wednesday he ignored the request from the president, David Rubin, and CEO, Dawn Hudson, to leave, and that he had violated their code of conduct.

The star actor marched onto the stage on Sunday and hit Rock, after Rock told a joke about Smith’s wife.

Shortly after, Smith was announced as the winner of the best actor award and went up to collect his statuette to a standing ovation from many of his peers.  

On Wednesday the Academy said it had launched ‘disciplinary procedures’ against Smith, and confirmed he ignored their request for him to leave his seat. They also apologized to Rock.

Smith was asked to leave by David Rubin, the president of the Academy, and CEO Dawn Hudson, TMZ reported. 

Two sources told the site Rubin and Hudson were ‘furious’ at Smith, and there was plenty of ‘yelling’ and ‘heated conversations’ backstage with his reps after the incident. 

One source said the Academy officials were ‘apoplectic.’  

Party: Will brushed off a tumultuous night by partying to celebrate the greatest achievement of his career: Best Actor at the Oscars

Party: Will brushed off a tumultuous night by partying to celebrate the greatest achievement of his career: Best Actor at the Oscars

‘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,’ their statement said.

‘Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, [but] we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.’ 

Smith will receive 15 days notice of a vote as well as an opportunity to be heard by written response.

At the next board meeting – scheduled for April 18 – the Academy may take action that could include ‘suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.’

In his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – whose members vote for the awards, and who stages the ceremony – but stopped short of apologizing to Rock.

Smith initially laughed off the attack, writing on Instagram on Sunday evening: ‘You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere!!’

Yet as the gravity of the situation became clear, Smith then posted a public apology to Instagram 24 hours after the ceremony, saying he wanted to say sorry formally to Rock.

He said his behavior was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ and left him ’embarrassed’.

Downcast: Chris looked in a serious mood as he was photographed making his way into the theatre on Wednesday night

Downcast: Chris looked in a serious mood as he was photographed making his way into the theatre on Wednesday night  

‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,’ he wrote.

‘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.’   

Smith faces a range of outcomes, including forcing him to hand back his Oscar.

The most severe punishment would be expulsion from the Academy.

That would put Smith among the ranks of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Roman Polanski, who were all expelled for sexual misconduct.    

Two days after the incident, Will’s wife, Jada, 50, finally broke her silence with an Instagram post that read, ‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.’

Oh dear: Smith faces a range of outcomes, including forcing him to hand back his Oscar, after the slap (pictured)

Oh dear: Smith faces a range of outcomes, including forcing him to hand back his Oscar, after the slap (pictured) 

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