Chris Rock told his Boston audience on Wednesday night that he was still processing being hit on the face by Will Smith during his performance of comedy. This is his first public statement following the Sunday incident.
Dressed all in white, Rock, 57, took to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre and asked the excited crowd: ‘Sooooo, how was your weekend?!?’
As he took the stage to perform, the comedian from South Carolina received a standing ovation.
‘Let me be all misty and s***,’ he said, with tears in his eyes.
‘I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that…’ he said, and paused.
“I’d written a complete show prior to this weekend.
‘I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. I’ll take it seriously. While it’ll be humorous, right now, I will tell some jokes.
He spoke shortly after it emerged that Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after hitting Rock but refused.
According to the Academy, he refused to follow the directives of Dawn Hudson and David Rubin (the president) on Wednesday and had also violated the Academy’s code of conduct.
After Rock joked about Smith’s wife, Rock led the actor of 53 years to take to the stage.
Soon after Smith received the award for best actor, he went up to receive his statuette and was greeted with a standing ovation by many of his peers.
Chris Rock arrives at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre on Wednesday night ahead of his sell-out performance
After Jada Pinkett Smith’s joke, Will Smith got on stage with Chris Rock and slapped him. Smith refused to go, according to the Academy on Wednesday.
Rock was downbeat during the drama which overshadowed Oscars, deeply divided Hollywood. Smith offered to apologize to Rock on Monday night. Rock has yet to reply.
As he reached the venue, the 57-year old did not speak to any reporters.
Many people supported Smith’s South Carolina-born comedy.
Rock was criticized by others for making fun of Jada Pinkett’s condition. This is where the autoimmune system attacks your scalp, causing hair loss.
Dawn Hudson (CEO of Academy) asked Smith and David Rubin to be gone. Smith did not respond to their requests.
Will posted a comment on his Instagram account shortly afterwards, saying: ‘You don’t have people from Philly, Baltimore, or anywhere else.
Wednesday’s statement by the Academy stated that they had initiated disciplinary actions against Smith. It also confirmed Smith’s refusal to give up his seat. Rock was also offered an apology.
TMZ reported that Smith was asked to resign by David Rubin who is the President of the Academy and Dawn Hudson the CEO.
According to two sources, Hudson and Rubin were furious at Smith and that there was a lot of shouting and heated conversation backstage afterward with Smith’s reps.
A source claimed that Academy officials were “apoplectic.”
Rock will perform his first Boston show on Wednesday, his first since the incident, and has yet to reply to Smith’s accusations or apologize.
According to their statement, the Board of Governors initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith in light of his violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct. These include inappropriate physical contact with others and aggressive or threatening behavior.
‘Mr. Smith was not asked to attend the ceremony, and he refused. [but]We also acknowledge that we could have done things differently.
Smith will get 15-day notice about a vote, as well as the opportunity to respond by writing.
The Academy might take any action permitted by the Bylaws or Standards of Conduct at its next meeting on April 18.
Smith accepted the award and apologized to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose members elect the winners, but did not offer an apology to Rock.
Smith laughed at the initial attack and posted on Instagram Sunday night: “You cannot invite people from Philly, Baltimore or anywhere else!”
Smith apologized to Rock for his actions, but the gravity of the situation was obvious.
He claimed that his behaviour was unacceptable and unexcusable, and that it left him feeling embarrassed.
Chris wrote that he would like to apologize publicly for his actions.
“It was outlandish and wrong. It is embarrassing that my actions did not portray the man I aspire to become.
It is not possible to live in a world that values love and violence.
Smith was able to get through a turbulent night with a party, celebrating the most important achievement of his professional life: the Best Actor award at the Oscars
After the drama with Rock dominated his Oscar win, Jada Pinkett Smith was joined by Will Smith.
In the time since Smith’s death, Smith was more often condemned.
Wanda Sykes was Oscars cohost and slammed Academy. Sykes called the Academy’s actions “gross” for allowing Smith in theaters. Sykes also said Smith made her feel ‘physically sick’.
‘It was sickening,’ Sykes said in a televised interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“I felt physically ill, and it still traumatizes me.”
Sykes claimed to Ellen that Ellen was coming back from the trailer, when the slap took place.
When she reached backstage to see Will, all was still quiet. It was then that I realized, “What, ?!”,”
Sykes also said that she felt sick when Sykes saw the replay of the video.
Smith accepted his Oscar, and was allowed to continue the show.
Wanda Sykes was Oscars’ cohost and criticized the Academy for allowing Smith into the theatre Sunday, after Chris Rock slapped her. Sykes said that it left her feeling ‘physically sick’.
Sykes said to Ellen that she was going back from her trailer and when the slap occurred. Sykes walked in to a silent theatre and asked Ellen the same questions as others, “What is it?”
Sykes stated to Ellen that Smith had to be removed immediately after Rock slapped him.
‘For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award…. “How disgusting is that?” I thought. I was like, “How gross is this?” she replied.
“This is the wrong message. If you assault someone, you are escorted from the building and that is it.
I found it gross that they would allow him to continue. I wanted to be able run out after he won and say, ‘Unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight…’
Sykes made her debut as a host alongside Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Rock Sunday night. She said that Smith had apologized, but she pointed out, “No one has ever apologized for us.”
‘We worked really hard to put that show together — so I’m like, what the hell is this?,’ Sykes said.
Sykes stated to DeGeneres that he and his family were hosting the event.
“And that was the hardest part.
Sykes stated that the only person she claimed she owed an apology to was her husband.
She said that Rock had told her that she was sorry that Rock ran into her at the party.
“I was thinking, “Why are you apologizing?” It was meant to have been your night, Amy and Regina. Now, it’s all going to come down to this.
She made her comments just hours after Amy Schumer, a fellow host, commented on the episode. Schumer said that she was’still triggered by and traumatized” by the “disturbing” moment.
Schumer, 40 years old, shared a message to her Instagram account early Wednesday morning in which she said that she still feels the effects of the altercation on stage.
She wrote that she was still traumatized and triggered on Instagram Wednesday morning.
“I love Chris Rock. I think he was a great friend. He stayed strong and awarded Questlove an Oscar. It was so distressing.
‘So much pain in Will Smith…
“Anyway, I am still shocked and devastated. I am proud of my cohosts and myself. Yes. It’s impossible to wait for that sickening feeling we saw all around us to pass.
Schumer, who is close to Rock over many years, tried to make fun of it by asking the audience whether she’d’missed any’. She also noted that there was a ‘different vibe’ in her host duties when Smith hit Rock.
Shocking: Oscars co-host Amy Schumer said she is ‘still triggered and traumatized’ after Will Smith stormed onto the stage and slapped Chris Rock on Sunday
Schumer, 40, wrote in a post to to plug her TV series, Life & Beth: ”But for real. Still traumatized and triggered. My friend @chrisrock is my best friend and I believe that he dealt with it as a pro.
On Sunday, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, co-hosts, spoke on stage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theater.
A letter that was leaked Tuesday night by Academy President David Rubin, and Dawn Hudson, CEO, states that the Academy’s Board of governors has decided on appropriate actions for Mr. Smith. Smith.’
Smith could face a variety of consequences, including Forcing him to return his Oscar.
Expulsion from Academy would be the most serious punishment.
Smith would be among Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski who all were expelled from office for their sexual misconduct.
Weinstein was expelled ‘for ‘sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment’ and Cosby and Polanski were expelled ‘in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct’ after they had been convicted of sexual assault.
The Oscars of Weinstein and Polanski were not canceled.
Jim Carrey (60), led condemnation of Smith and stated that he was shocked by Smith’s adoration after the attack.
Smith stated that Smith received a standing ovation when he won the Best Actor Award shortly after the slap incident.
“I felt that Hollywood is spineless.” It felt as if this was an indication that we weren’t in the trendy club.
Jim Carrey and Will Smith in Nickelodeon’s 16th Annual Kid’s’ Choice Awards 2003
Jim Carrey (comedian and actor) slammed audience members at Sunday’s Academy Awards after giving Will Smith standing ovation for his now-infamous slap on Chris Rock
Smith won Smith’s award with the support of several stars including Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Actor nominees, and Maya Rudolph.
Venus and Serena Williams (whose father Smith was also depicted in King Richard) stood as well
Smith was supported by Benedict Cumberbatch (a former best actor nominee), best director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson, and Maya Rudolph, who were also stars. Venus and Serena Williams (whose father was played by Smith in King Richard) also stood.
Carrey and Rock briefly crossed paths on Fox’s In Living Color during the 1990s. Rock claimed Rock didn’t file criminal charges for the incident because he ‘didn’t want the hassle’. Smith, however, should have been charged.
“I would have made it known this morning that Will was being sued for $200 Million because the video will be forever. It will become a commonplace. Carrey stated that the insult will last for a long time.
Smith’s actions were a bit too extreme for the Mask actor. He seemed to be indicating that disapproval was acceptable by using Twitter, or shouting at the audience.
Carrey stated that he did not believe it was right for him to smack someone on the forehead because of their words.
Smith was acting selfishly, he suggested.
Carrey stated, “It didn’t escalate. It came out of nowhere. Will has something that’s frustrated. I wish him all the best.
“I have nothing against Will Smith. He’s accomplished great things.
The Truman Show’s star stated that “it cast a pallover over everyone’s shining moments, a lot people worked really hard, to get there,”
“It’s no easy feat to endure all that you need to do when you are nominated for an Oscar.
It’s an obstacle course of devotion. It was a selfish moment.
Carrey’s comments come as The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the Academy board of governors, said she believes Smith will be able to keep his Oscar but will face ‘big consequences – because nobody is OK with what happened.’
Whoopi Goldberg doubled down her pledge to punish Will Smith, saying: ‘There will be consequences. Because nobody accepts what has happened, there are huge consequences. Nobody, nobody, nobody’
Two days following the shocking event that shocked millions, the actress wrote on Instagram: “This season is for healing. I’m here for this.”
After Chris Rock joked about Pinkett Smith’s bald head, Pinkett Smith broke her silence. On social media, she has made it clear about her struggles with alopecia.
Two days after the incident, Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, finally broke her silence with an Instagram post that read, ‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.’
Goldberg backtracked on Tuesday when she promised to sanction Smith. She said: “There are consequences.” It is not okay for anyone to be upset about what happened. Nobody, nobody, nobody.’
According to the host, Will Packer, the producer of the event decided to not remove Smith, “because that would’ve been an additional 15- to 20-minute-explanation as to why we’re taking out the black man five seconds before they decide whether or not he has won an Oscar.”
Goldberg was unaware that he was asked to leave the company and refused.
Marshall Herskovitz (president emeritus of Producers Guild of America) was one of the first to criticize Smith. She tweeted that Smith had ‘disgraced all of our community’ shortly after the attack.
He stated: “I call upon Academy, of whom I am a part, to take disciplinary actions against Will Smith. He has disgraced the entire community.
Herskovitz accused the defenders of the actor, saying they were moral cowardice.
“People stood up and applauded after the first attack in Oscar history’s 94-year history. He spoke out against moral cowardice.
Smith was denounced by several Hollywood stars.
Alec Baldwin shared his disgust at Smith’s actions on Instagram and Twitter.
He said, “I’m sorry that the Oscars became the Jerry Springer Show,”
Jada pinkett Smith with Willow Smith. Jaden Smith. Jaden Smith. Trey Smith at the Vanity Fair post Oscar party
Photographers were impressed by the bravery of the actor after his moment was marred by his violent outburst.
Judd Apatow (comedian, director) called the performance ‘pure-out-of control violence and rage’. He claimed Smith “could’ have killed” Rock.
He stated that it seemed like Will Smith’s attempt to convince comedians around the globe to stop making jokes about him was not going to succeed.
“The Williams family must be mad. Pure narcissism.’
Rob Reiner (actor and filmmaker) tweeted, “Will Smith owes Chris Rock hugely for his mistake.” It is impossible to excuse what he did.
“He’s fortunate Chris isn’t filing assault charges. The excuses he made tonight were bulls**t’.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill described it as the “ugliest Oscar Moment ever.”
He also said that stand-up comics were very good at dealing with hecklers. Violent physical attack… Not so much.