When caught in an embarrassing and strange situation, Chris Rock did what most comedians do; he turned it into fodder for a comedy show. Rock used last year’s bizarre interaction with Will Smith at the Oscars to fuel a funny monologue in a new live comedy special he produced.

Rock joked about Smith slapping him and claimed Smith’s wife Jada “started this,” going on to argue that she thought Chris should quit the Oscars because Will wasn’t nominated for the film Concussion. Rock realized he had blundered the joke and had to retell it with the correct name, “Emancipation.

Rock said: “Years ago, his wife said I should quit the Oscars. I shouldn’t host ’cause her man didn’t get nominated for Emancipation.”

Rock injected a series of stinging rebukes at Will and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, during his special. Apparently, Rock hit a nerve with his joking saying,

“The biggest piece of s**t ever. Okay, so the n****r gives me a f***ing concussion. No, not Emancipation; I f****d up the joke. Concussion.’

Apparently, Rock turning the infamous slap into a joke that was added to his comedy routine did not sit well with Smith. Will Smith was hurt and embarrassed that Chris Rock used their slap clash as part of his comedy special. As Chad Prather tweeted about the “slap heard around the world,” Smith “probably shouldn’t have slapped him.”

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Fans noted that the comedy special was edited to remove Rock apologizing for blundering the name of Smith’s film and portrayed Rock telling the joke correctly the first time.
Smith and Rock made Oscar history last March when Smith marched onstage and slapped Rock across the face after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia. The Oscars have banned Smith for ten years as punishment, and Rock, who presented at the Oscars, used the situation to make people laugh.
A source close to Rock said he never received an apology from Smith and that the subsequent jokes would have been avoided if he had, according to The Daily Mail. The source noted,
“Chris never got a one-on-one private apology from Will, only the public one, which really meant nothing,” Will has only addressed the issue on Instagram right after the Oscars and in a video apology.
The source added,
“Chris wanted to get this out once and for all and be done with it. This was very cathartic to him.”

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