Chris Rock has continued to utilize stand-up comedy to address the Oscars event involving Will Smith, and on his most recent show, he briefly discussed Will’s July apology video.
According to Deadline, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle discussed the attacks they both experienced on stage earlier this year when playing at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night. In response to the apologetic video that Will Smith had put to his YouTube channel and Instagram back in July, Chris Rock remarked, “f**k your hostage video,” during a break in his performance.
Smith’s apology video was the first on-camera appearance Will had since the incident. In the video, he issued a verbal apology to Chris and said,
“I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you, my behavior was unacceptable and I’m here when you’re ready to talk.”
Also, during a show in Liverpool, Chris Rock spoke about the incident, which happened in March, and said,
“Will did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us. Whatever the consequences are… I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again and lets his real face breathe. I see myself in both men.”
During a show in Phoenix, AZ Chris Rock shared that he turned down an offer to host next year’s Oscars, saying that returning to the show is like returning to the scene of a murder. He referenced the O.J. Simpson murder case and said it’s like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant,”which occurred before her death.