The comedian may not be ready for a sit-down chat with Will Smith, but he certainly has been slipping in digs here and there.
No sooner than folks had a chance to process and/or reactions simmered down to Will Smith expressing remorse through a 5-minute videotaped apology to Chris Rock, it seems the comedian is offering up more food for thought. Several months since the aftermath of the Oscar slap incident, the King Richard star finally broke his silence. In the video clip, Smith offered up an explanation:
“I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy. 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. I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I saw an interview that Chris’ mother did and that was one of the things about that moment I didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment.”
On Friday, Rock performed a show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Although the 57-year-old did not mention the apology specifically, he spoke very briefly about the incident and left nothing to the imagination especially with regard to the comparison to vengeful rap executive Suge Knight. rock quipped:
“Everybody is trying to be af****ng victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.”
When It Comes to Chris Rock, the Show and Life Must Go On
As Rock sojourns on with his Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour, he has slowly cracked jokes over the past few months, making slight references to the infamous smack. He’s commented about the punch recently in a show at the PNC Banks Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, stating, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face” and while not reaching Will Smith numbers, Rock is gaining more social media followers. For the most part, Rock’s comedy set seems to be focused on the temperature of America.
The comedian is also making news in the romance department after several sightings of him with 43-year-old actress Lake Bell. After spending their vacation in Croatia, the pair was recently seen strolling arm-in-arm through New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. One source told people that Lake joins Chris on tour whenever she can.