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Chris Rock says Will Smith's Oscars slap 'still hurts' a year later, but insists he'll never 'cry' about it

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Chris Rock backstage at last year's Academy Awards.Getty Images
  • Chris Rock spent the last segment of his new Netflix special discussing the 2022 Oscars slap.

  • It incident involved Will Smith slapping Rock onstage after he joked about Jada Pinkett Smith.

  • A year later, Rock told a live audience that the slap "still hurts," but that he's "not a victim."

Chris Rock said getting slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars "still hurts" just over a year later in his new Netflix comedy special.

Rock, 58, spoke at length about Smith slapping him onstage after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head at last year's award ceremony during his "Chris Rock: Selective Outrage" set.

The special, which marked Netflix's first live-streamed program, took place at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday night.

"Ya'll know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith," the comedian joked. "People are like did it hurt? It still hurts! I got 'Summertime' ringing in my ear."

"But I'm not a victim baby, you will never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying, you will never see it. Never going to happen," he added. "I took that hit like Pacquiao."

Rock's new comedy special marks the first time he has spoken at length about the slap. He previously told a live audience he was still "processing" what happened during a stand-up performance he gave just four days after the 2022 Oscars.

Will Smith hits Chris Rock
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage at last year's Academy Awards.Chris Pizzello/AP

A month later, he reportedly joked that he would address the slap until he got "paid."

Later in the special, Rock said that Smith's anger was misdirected and should have been focused on his wife, who admitted to having an affair on an episode of her Facebook show, "Red Table Talk," in 2020.

"Will Smith practices selective outrage, because everybody knows what the f--- happened," Rock said. "I didn't have any entanglements. Will Smith's wife was f---ing her son's friend, OK. Normally I would not talk about that s--- but for some reason they put that on the internet."

"We've all been cheated on. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person we cheated on on television. She hurt him way more than he hurt me," he added.

Smith has both apologized publicly and reached out to apologize to Rock following the incident. In November 2022, he told Trevor Noah on "The Daily Show" that the slap was a result of bottled-up "rage."

"There's many nuances and complexities to it," Smith said. "But at the end of the day, I just — I lost it, you know?"

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