Chris Rock ready to hit back at Will Smith over Oscars slap

Chris Rock will finally strike back at Will Smith over his Oscars slap – a week before this year’s Academy Awards, according to reports.

The comedian, 58, who has only made brief jokes about being assaulted on stage by Smith at the 2022 awards ceremony, has had his upcoming live Netflix special scheduled for broadcast on Mar 4, with insiders saying it will be packed with jibes at Smith.

An insider told Page Six: “If you were waiting to see Rock on tour address the infamous Will Smith slap situation… the comedian is waiting to spill his humorous take on it on his live Netflix stand-up special.”

Another source said: “People need to tune in till the last joke, they will not be disappointed.”

Rock is said to have teamed up with “veteran” comedy writers to make sure his show and material are “solid” and funny.

Titled Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, it will be the first ever livestream broadcast by the streaming service, and Chris will be joined by comedians Amy Schumer, 41, Jerry Seinfeld, 68, and Leslie Jones, 55, during his performance, which will be filmed at the Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore.

Nine days later, the 95th Academy Awards will air – with Smith, 54, banned from the ceremony until 2032 as punishment for his assault.

Rock was smacked on stage by raging Emancipation actor Smith after he made a joke about his 51-year-old wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, saying it looked like the shaved head Demi Moore sported in the film GI Jane.


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