Chris Rock just spoke out on Will Smith and “the slap heard ’round the world”….kind of.
While performing his “Ego Death World Tour” in Baltimore on April 22, the comedian alluded to this year’s Oscars incident, which involved him getting slapped on stage by Smith after he made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Chris Rock joked that he's healed from the altercation.
During the comedy show, Rock briefly mentioned the slap that’s been the talk of the entertainment industry for the last month.
“I’m all right, I’m all right,” the comedian said, according to a WJZ-TV reporter who was live tweeting from show. “Healed from the nicks and bruises, for the most part.”
First 30 seconds Rock walks out and says “I’m alright I’m alright…healed from the nicks and bruises…for the most part” then doesn’t mention slap for entire 1.5 hr hilarious show @wjz pic.twitter.com/OD5JhegmfO
— Annie Rose Ramos (@AnnieRoseNews) April 23, 2022
Another Twitter user mentioned a second reference that was brought up later in the show.
After the reporter shared the tweet, someone replied that Chris Rock made a joke later that seemingly involved Jada Pinkett Smith.
“He didn’t mention it, but there was a moment involving a woman from the audience,” the user wrote.
He didn’t mention it, but there was a moment involving a woman from the audience.
— Matthew Lathroum (@_MattyBoh) April 23, 2022
“I went to see Chris Rock last night and he was doing a joke and asked a lady in the front row to help out. He asked her, ‘What’s your name?’ She said, ‘Jada’….he said, ‘sit yo a— down.’ The place erupted,” someone elaborated.
I went to see Chris Rock last night and he was doing a joke and asked a lady in the front row to help out. He asked her, “What’s your name”? She said, “Jada”….he said, “sit yo ass down”. The place erupted?
— Disco (@discoque5) April 23, 2022
Over the weekend Rock's mother spoke about the incident
“I told someone when Will slapped Chris, he slapped all of us, but he really slapped me,” she told Columbia, S.C. NBC affiliate WIS. “When you hurt my child, you hurt me.”
She continued, “I have no idea what I would say [to Will Smith] other than, ‘What in the world were you thinking?’ Because you did a slap, but so many things could have happened. Chris could have stepped back and fallen. You really could have gotten taken out in handcuffs. You didn’t think. You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye, and you went up, and you made her day because she was bowled over laughing when it happened.”