Chris Rock has finally spoken out about the slap that made headlines when Will Smith assaulted him on stage at the Oscars back in March. Rock said that night, the actor “showed his true colors,” and he “hopes he doesn’t put his mask back on again.”
During a stop in Liverpool on his tour with Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock told his fellow comedian that Will Smith “did an impression of a perfect man for 30 years” but is “just as ugly as the rest of us,” according to Page Six.
“Did that s**t hurt?” Chappelle asked him.
Chris Rock who has remained relatively quiet on the matter until now, replied “goddamn right, the mother***er hit me over a bulls*** joke, the nicest joke I ever told.”
The 57-year-old comedian also went on to say that Smith “did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years,” and that “he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us.”
He also implored Smith to “not put his mask back on again” and “let his real face breathe.”
“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,” he said.
However, Will Smith apologized in August when he called his own behavior “unacceptable” and said that he reached out to Chris “and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, when he is he will reach out.”
“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk when he is, he will reach out,” Smith said last month. “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Chris Rock has since gone on to announce that he will not host the Oscars again next year.