Chris Rock joked that he has no interest in addressing Will Smith slapping him at the 2022 Oscars until he sees some money, according to NYPOST.
“I’m OK. I have a whole show, and I’m not talking about that until I get paid,” Rock, 57, told audience members during his comedy set at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., Friday night, the Desert Sun reported.
He did, however, quip, “Life is good. I got my hearing back.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” the “Hitch” star wrote in part. “There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
While the comedian did not specify how he wants to be compensated, he declined to press charges against the “King Richard” actor, 53, after last month’s awards show.
Rock has yet to officially discuss the slap heard around the world, telling fans during a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar in New York City last week, “Lower your expectations. I’m not going to address that s–t.”
And at his first show since the incident, he told a Boston crowd that he was “still processing” what went down.
Smith notoriously struck Rock across the face with an open palm on March 27 over a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
Earlier this month, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, meaning he could no longer vote but could still attend and be nominated. But last week, the Academy banned Smith from all events for 10 years.
“We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances,” the organization said in a statement. “We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.”
In response to the ban, Smith told Page Six, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”Chris Rock joked that he has no interest in addressing Will Smith slapping him at the 2022 Oscars until he sees some money.