The Gift of Discord! Chris Rock brought up the Oscars scandal again during a show in Phoenix, making a revelation about the Academy.
In March 2022, Will Smith received the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Williams Method. At the same time, he was creating a restrained scandal by slapping Chris Rock on stage after a bad joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
After this scandal, the actor apologized publicly twice, hoping to be able to discuss with Chris Rock and ease tensions.
However, the comedian does not yet seem willing to forgive him. Last July, during a show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, Chris Rock brought up the subject, not without a touch of sarcasm.
“People who say words hurt have never had a slap in the face from Will Smith”was he kidding
“I’m not a victim. Damn, that hurt like hell! Then I got that shit out of my head and went to work the next day. ‘we cut ourselves with a sheet of paper”he added.
CHRIS ROCK SAYS NO TO THE OSCARS
According to’Arizona RepublicChris Rock spoke about the controversy again during a show in Phoenix on August 29, confirming that the Academy contacted him to present the 2023 Oscars. Chris Rock reportedly turned down the proposal, quipping about the slap affair in comparing with the OJ Simpson case.
“Going back to the Oscars would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson (OJ Simpson’s murdered former wife) back to the restaurant”he chanted.
The actor references that famous murder case dating back to 1995. It picked up again when Simpson’s ex-wife left a pair of glasses in an Italian restaurant.
Chris Rock then joked about Will Smith’s performance in the biopic Ali, in fanl he plays boxer Muhammad Ali. “He’s bigger than me. The State of Nevada wouldn’t sanction a fight between me and Will Smith”he scoffed.
The hatchet is therefore not yet buried between the two artists.