Chris Rock has ‘no plans to contact’ Will Smith after his public apology for Oscars blow, source says

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Chris Rock “isn’t ready to talk” with Will Smith, despite his recent public apology for hitting Rock during the live broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards in March.

“Chris has no plans to contact Will,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.

Rock, who is currently on tour, believes the timing of Smith’s apology is “more in Will’s best interest”.

“He needs the public’s forgiveness, not Chris,” the insider added.

Chris Rock reportedly has “no plans” to talk to Will Smith after his on-camera apology was released Friday for slamming the strip at the Academy Awards.
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Smith shared a video on YouTube on Friday where he answered everyone’s most frequently asked questions, including why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech. After Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock for telling a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, he won the Best Actor award for his role in ‘King Richard’.

“I was confused at the time,” Smith admitted of the lack of an immediate apology to Rock. “It’s all vague.”

The “Gemini Man” Actor revealed that he has reached out to Rock to talk about the incident, but claimed the comedian isn’t ready to sit down with him. He also spent the five-minute video apologizing to Rock and others, including Rose Rock.

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“I want to apologize to Chris’s mother,” Smith said. “I saw an interview Chris’s mom did, and you know, that was one of the things at the time. I just didn’t realize it, and you know, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt in that moment. the actor explained.

Will Smith, right, hits host Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars Best Documentary Award ceremony on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Will Smith, right, hits host Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars Best Documentary Award ceremony on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
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Rock’s mom, Rose, initially said, “When Will hit Chris, he hit us all, but he really hit me.”

“So I want to apologize to Chris’s mom,” Smith continued. “I want to apologize to Chris’ family. Specifically, Tony Rock [Chris’ younger brother]. You know, we had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my husband. And this is probably irreparable.”

While performing at Atlanta’s TBEN Theater as part of his “Ego Death World Tour” on Friday night, Rock compared Smith to former Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, who is currently a 28 years in prison after advocating no contest against voluntary manslaughter in 2018 following a fatal clash in Los Angeles in 2015.

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“Everyone is trying to be a fucking victim,” Rock said via People magazine. “If everyone claims to be a victim, then no one will hear the real victims. Even if I get beaten by Suge Smith…I went to work the next day, I had children.”

At the height of his career in the 1990s, Knight was known for putting West Coast rap on the map with the massive success of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” followed by Snoop Doggs’ “Doggystyle” in 1993. Soon after, he helped broker a deal to secure Tupac Shakur’s release from prison and subsequent signing to the label, with his “All Eyez on Me” released in 1996.

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” he added, words he repeated on a previous show while recently touring with Kevin Hart on “Only headliners allowed.”

Known as much for his music as his mood, Knight was reportedly the leader in a string of violent deals. Shakur was in Knight’s car when he was killed in a drive-by attack in Las Vegas in September 1996. A similar drive-by shooting killed Shakur’s East Coast rival, The Notorious BIG, in March 1997, with Knight believed to be the prime suspect. Knight was convicted of armed robbery and assault, and lost control of the label when it went bankrupt in 2009.

“I’m not a victim. Yes, it hurts, Mother. But I shook that off and went to work the next day. I’m not going to the hospital for a papercut,” Rock told Us Weekly last week. crowd in New Jersey.

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At the Oscars, Rock made a joke about “GI Jane” and referred to Jada’s bald head. Pinkett Smith had previously spoken about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

Days later, the “Independence Day” star announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a statement to TBEN News Digital, saying he had “breached the trust of the Academy.”

“I have responded immediately to the academy’s disciplinary hearing and I will fully accept any consequences for my conduct,” he said.

After his resignation, which was accepted by the Academy, Smith was banned from attending Oscars events and shows for 10 years.

Lauryn Overhultz of TBEN News contributed to this report.