Chris Rock insists he is “not a victim” as he joked about Will Smith slapping him at the Oscars.
The 57-year-old comic co-headlined a stand-up show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey on Sunday and took the opportunity to address the scandal at the Academy Awards, which saw the King Richard star lash out at him after he made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
A source told Us Weekly that Rock referred to Smith, 53, as “Suge Smith”, which is assumed to be a reference to incarcerated Death Row Records boss Suge Knight.
He also joked: “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”
And later, during a sketch about people playing the victim and being overly sensitive, he said: “I’m not a victim motherf*****”, and joked he had “shook that s**t off” and put it behind him.
He said: “Yeah, that s*** hurt, motherf*****. But I shook that s*** off and went to work the next day … I don’t go to the hospital for a papercut.”
Smith – who has been married to Pinkett Smith since 1997 – previously described his behaviour at the Oscars as “shocking, painful, and inexcusable”.
As a result of his actions, the Men in Black actor resigned from the Academy after issuing an apology.
He said: “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced the King Richard actor would be banned from attending any of their events, both virtually and in person, for 10 years.