Chris Rock Joked He’s ‘Too Close’ to Will Smith’s Hometown Post-Slap

Chris Rock and Will Smith.

Slightly too shut for consolation? One week after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the 94th annual Academy Awards, he poked enjoyable on the incident throughout a stand-up gig.

“Chris broke the ice by sarcastically saying he’s had an fascinating week,” an eyewitness completely tells Us Weekly of the 57-year-old comic’s efficiency at Borgata Occasion Middle in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 2. “Everybody laughed as a result of they knew what he was referring to, after all.”

Whereas Rock wasn’t fascinated with talking in-depth concerning the March 27 encounter, he famous that he’s “nonetheless processing” it and deliberate to additional handle it down the road. The Grown Ups actor continued his deliberate comedy routine with a refined reference to Atlantic Metropolis’s geographical location.

“He made a joke about how Atlantic Metropolis is just too near Philly for him to get into it,” the insider reveals, referencing the 53-year-old Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air alum’s hometown. “The final vibe of the remark was that Atlantic Metropolis may very well be hostile territory as a result of it’s so near Philly. It was stated in an informal joking manner and everybody laughed.”

The Everyone Hates Chris alum beforehand made headlines when he made mild of Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head one week earlier. Earlier than presenting the Greatest Documentary Function Oscar to Questlove, Rock quipped that Pinkett Smith, 50, might star in a sequel to G.I. Jane because of her shaved hair. (The Maryland native has been vocal about her struggles with alopecia.) Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes on the comment, whereas her husband strolled on stage and smacked Rock throughout the face. Smith shouted on the time, “Hold my spouse’s identify out your f—king mouth.”

Whereas Rock declined to file a police report after the occasion, he later advised a crowd in Boston, Massachusetts, that he was “nonetheless processing” what went down.

“Y’all are getting me misty-eyed and s–t,” Rock gushed over the gang’s applause throughout his Wednesday, March 30, comedy present.

The Males in Black actor — who went on to win the Greatest Lead Actor trophy for his function in King Richard — has since issued a public apology for his actions and resigned from the Academy.

“I wish to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I used to be out of line and I used to be unsuitable. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I need to be. There isn’t a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness,” Smith wrote, partially, by way of Instagram. “I might additionally prefer to apologize to The Academy, the producers of the present, all of the attendees and everybody watching around the globe.”

Rock has but to publicly handle Smith’s assertion however didn’t let that faze his comedy set.

“Chris didn’t look drained. He was in an lively temper regardless of it being his second present of the night time and being so late,” the insider notes. “In a while, Chris stated the phrases ‘Open love’ and somebody within the crowd yelled, ‘The Smiths!’ Chris averted that and the gang laughed.”

With reporting by Diana Cooper and Whitney Ullman

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