Chris Rock explains why he didn't slap Will Smith at the Oscars 11 months ago

Chris Rock explains why he didn't slap Will Smith at the Oscars

"A lot of people go, ‘Chris how come you didn’t do nothing back?"

Chris Rock has explained why didn’t slap Will Smith in retaliation at the Oscars ceremony last year. In his new Netflix special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, the American stand-up comedian addressed the infamous incident at the 2022 Academy Awards.

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Rock was a presenter at the Oscars last year and made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.

Smith, who won the award for Best Actor later in the night, stormed the stage and slapped Rock across the face after he made the joke.

Rock, in his Netflix special, has explained why he did not retaliate.

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Chris Rock explains why he didn't slap Will Smith at the Oscars.

"A lot of people go, 'Chris how come you didn’t do nothing back?'" Rock said during his special, which was streamed live from Baltimore.

"'How come you didn’t do nothing back that night?' Because I got parents, that’s why. Because I was raised. I got parents.

"And you know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people."

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Rock then dropped the microphone, ending his set, and received a standing ovation.

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Chris Rock addresses Will Smith slap in Netflix special.

Rock, 58, also blamed the Smiths for starting the feud. He said that Jada Pinket suggested that he shouldn't host the Oscars because Will wasn't nominated for Best Actor for the 2015 film Concussion.

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"Years ago, his wife said I should quit the Oscars," he said.

"I shouldn’t host 'cause her man didn’t get nominated for Concussion. And then he gives me a f***ing concussion!"

"I have rooted for Will Smith my whole life," Rock said. "And now I watch Emancipation just to see him get whipped."

Will Smith will not be attending the upcoming Oscar ceremony as he has been banned by the Academy for 10 years. Back in November, he said his "bottled rage" was a factor in his slap on Rock.

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