Chris Rock Isn’t Ready To Speak W/ Will Smith Following His Latest Apology, Comedian Is ‘Assessing’ The Incident, Inside Sources Say
Chris Rock is not ready to speak with Will Smith after getting slapped by the actor at this year’s Oscar ceremony.
As you may already know, at the 2022 Academy Awards, actor Will Smith, 53, stormed onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock, 57, over a joke made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50.
The Grammy-winning actor recently issued another public apology for his display of conduct during the ceremony. In part, he said:
“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk. And when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
According to a source, Chris Rock had “moved on” from the incident before Will Smith issued his first on-camera apology. The insider said:
“Chris doesn’t need to talk. This is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris. Will needs to deal with his issues. Chris is fine.”
Reportedly, another industry source added that it is a positive sign that the comedian is already making the best out of the incident in his stand-up with new material. The source shared:
“The fact that he is making jokes about it already is a good thing. That means he is assessing it. But the stress of the slap and the aftermath has not taken over his life. Quite the opposite.”
Despite Rock seemingly wanting to move past the incident, he recently talked about what happened while on his comedy “Ego Death World Tour.” As previously reported, hours after Smith issued his apology video, Rock joked about the slap during his show in Atlanta. He said:
“Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith… I went to work the next day, I got kids.”