Will Smith’s internet apology for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars has been labeled a “hostage video” by Chris Rock.
The 57-year-old comedian made the remark during another of his stand-up appearances with Dave Chappelle, 49, on Saturday at London’s 02 Arena, as part of their new joint comedy tour.
Rock responded, in reference to 53-year-old Will’s July apologetic video, “F*** your hostage video.”
The comic also used the set to refer to Smith as “Suge Smith,” a reference to the violent and incarcerated Death Row Records executive Suge Knight.
On Thursday night, during his performance with Dave Chappelle at Liverpool’s M and S Arena, Chris Rock told the audience that Smith had impersonated a “perfect man” for 30 years before revealing that he is “just as ugly as the rest of us.”
It was the first time the comedian had elaborately discussed being slapped by Smith at this year’s Oscars.
Chappelle asked Rock in front of the audience, “Did that s*** hurt?” to which Rock responded, “Goddam right… The motherf***er punched me over the funniest joke I had ever delivered.
“For thirty years, Will acted as if he were a wonderful person, but then he off his mask and revealed that he was as hideous as the rest of us.
Regardless of the repercussions… I hope he does not reapply his mask and allows his actual face to breathe. I see myself in each of these men.”
Smith stormed the stage at the Academy Awards in March and smacked Rock after the comedian compared his wife’s shaved head to Demi Moore’s buzzcut in the 1997 film “G.I. Jane” Smith then yelled twice from his seat in front of stunned A-listers and millions of film fans: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.”
Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s 50-year-old wife of 25 years, shaved her head because she has alopecia, which causes hair loss.
In his July internet video apology, Smith acknowledged that Rock had not replied to his attempts to contact him.
He said, “Therefore, I will apologize to you, Chris. My conduct was unacceptable, and I’m available whenever you’re ready to discuss it.”
Will Smith (right) strikes Chris Rock during Rock’s acceptance speech at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, United States. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
When Smith went on to cry when accepting his best actor prize for his part in “King Richard” following the assault, there was tremendous outrage, with many arguing that he should have been immediately removed from the ceremony.
Rock and Dave Chappelle are planned to perform in London, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam before returning to the United States later this month for further concerts.