Chris Rock calls Will Smith’s apology a ‘hostage video’

Comedian Chris Rock told his audience he’s not interested in the ‘hostage video’ of Will Smith slapping him at the Oscars. (Photo: Al Seib /AMPAS via Getty Images)

Chris Rock isn’t interested in the public apology video Will Smith posted on social media months after the comedian was slapped at the Oscars.

During a show with Dave Chappelle at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night, Rock, 57, responded to Smith’s apology by saying “f*** the hostage video,” Deadline reported.

Rock was referring to the video Smith released in late July to apologize for slapping Rock during the March Academy Awards telecast. The comedian had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair, not knowing that she has alopecia. In response, Smith, 53, who would later accept the Best Actor Oscar that night, cursed at Rock before storming the stage and slapping him.

Rock went on a bit that he played throughout his tour, saying “Yeah, that hurts. Played Ali,” referring to Smith’s role as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film Ali. “I can’t even play Floyd Mayweather.”

Joking that Rock had “woke” him that night by making a joke about Smith, Chappelle also referenced the Oscars brawl during his turn at the microphone. He told the London audience that if the actor had slapped him on stage during the awards show, he would not have “enjoyed the rest of his evening”.

Chappelle added that from his own personal experience with on-stage attacks, he never knows if a crowd is hostile.

“It was a scary ***,” he said of the incident on his show in May.

Just last week during a performance of his stand-up show in Phoenix, Ariz., Rock claimed he had been asked to host next year’s Oscars but declined the invitation.

According Republic of ArizonaRock compared returning to the Oscars to returning to the scene of a crime, referring to the murder trial of OJ Simpson, whose ex-wife’s murder began when he left a pair of glasses at an Italian restaurant. Rock said returning to the awards ceremony it would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson to “go back to the restaurant.”

In the apology video, the King Richard The star said he had tried to connect with Rock in the months following the incident, but had no success in speaking directly to the comic.

“I reached out to Chris and the message he got back is that he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will. So I’m going to tell you, Chris, I’m sorry,” Smith shared. “My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

One person Smith has in his corner is his ex-wife Sheree Zampino, with whom he shares 29-year-old son Trey. The frequent Real Housewives of Beverly Hills The guest star said that no matter what happens to Smith, she stands by him.

“I call with him!” he told Page Six last week. However, watching the incident on TV as it happened proved “surreal”.

“At first I thought it was a skit, but once I realized it was real, I thought, ‘I’m not even going to do this because it’s his night,'” she said. “When he came, we supported him and loved him. The whole situation was foreign to me because Will is always in control and kind. You don’t see him get upset that often.”

That said, Zambino thinks it’s time to move on from the Oscars incident.

“He apologized and took responsibility and accountability for it,” Zambino added. “I don’t know what happened right now. I wouldn’t ask. If this is something he wants to share, he can. But he has a family that loves him, guides him and supports him. He’s allowed to be human.”

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