Chris Rock – Netflix Removes Joke About Will Smith From Comedian’s Live Comedy Special Following Slip Up

Will Smith, Chris Rock

Chris Rock – Netflix Removes Joke About Will Smith From Comedian’s Live Comedy Special Following Slip Up

It’s been a year since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage, but the conversations are still going strong.

As Chris Rock continues to bask in what he considers the success of his latest special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, Netflix has edited its first-ever live, global streaming event to remove an inaccurate joke about Will Smith.

During the performance — before quickly realizing his error — Chris Rock said,

“Years ago, his wife said I should quit the Oscars; I shouldn’t host ’cause her man didn’t get nominated for Emancipation, the biggest piece of sh*t ever!”

He continued,

“No, not Emancipation, I f*cked up the joke.”

The joke was intended to allude to Kevin Smith‘s 2015 sports movie Concussion, which starred Will Smith and was based on Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ 2009 GQ article “Game Brain” about the NFL and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Rock was reportedly informed of the edit, and Netflix and the comedian collaborated on the final streaming version.

Following the mess up, Rock corrected his error and carried on, sharing the details correctly. He continued,

“She started this s*it. She said that me, a f*cking grown-*ss man, should quit his job because, ‘My husband didn’t get nominated for Concussion.'”

According to reports, Smith has acknowledged that he hasn’t been able to reach Rock to offer a direct apology for the slapping incident. Still, the award-winning actor is allegedly “hurt and embarrassed by what Chris said about him and his family in his Netflix special.”

Chris Rock, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith

He is also not pleased with Netflix‘s participation, per a source. They added:

“Will is also upset that Netflix was a part of this and thinks Chris insulting Jada again is below the belt. He is upset that Netflix gave Chris this platform to share these messages and thinks it’s distasteful.”

During the special, Rock addressed the beef between the two, declaring he “is not a victim” of the incident that occurred a year ago when Smith slapped him in the face following a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.

He also took it back to July 2020, making a joke in reference to when Jada Pinkett Smith disclosed she once had an “entanglement” with vocalist August Alsina while married to Will.

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Despite how Smith or anyone else feels, Rock apparently couldn’t care less. An insider claimed,

“[Rock] said what he needed to say and doesn’t give a sh*t about the reaction either way. He isn’t worried.”

The source added that:

“people have been waiting for [Rock’s] reaction for a year. For the most part, I think it was well received. People don’t expect sugarcoating from Chris Rock.”

Have you tuned in to the special? What are your thoughts on Netflix’s edit? Tell us in the comments below! 


Authored by: S. G.