Comedian Chris Rock said he would not talk about the controversial Oscars slap until he gets paid, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.
â€œIâ€™m OK, I have a whole show, and Iâ€™m not talking about that until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back,â€ Rock said at his show in Indio, California, on Friday, per the outlet.
While on stage to present an award during the 94th Oscars last month, Chris Rock made a joke aimed at Jada Pinkett Smithâ€™s bald head.
â€œJada, I love you, â€˜GI Jane 2,â€™ canâ€™t wait to see it,â€ Rock said before Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock during the live broadcast before returning to his seat.
Smith, who later won the award for best actor, apologized to the Academy during his acceptance speech and later to Rock in a March 28 statement on Instagram.
â€œJokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jadaâ€™s medical condition was too much for me to bear, and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris,â€ Smith said. Pinkett Smith has been candid about her journey with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
On Friday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced that the â€œKing Richardâ€ actor would be barred from all Academy events, including the Oscars, for 10 years for his actions â€“ which he said he accepts, according to a statement provided to CNN.
Following the Oscars dispute, tickets sales for Rockâ€™s 2022 â€œEgo Death World Tourâ€ went through the roof. Unlike his brother, Rock has yet to fully address the situation but during his stand-up show in Boston, Rock made his first public remarks at The Wilbur.
â€œIâ€™m still processing what happened,â€ Rock reportedly said. â€œSo at some point Iâ€™ll talk about that shit. Itâ€™ll be serious. Itâ€™ll be funny, but right now Iâ€™m going to tell some jokes.â€