During the most recent show of his stand-up tour, in the city of Indio (USA), Chris Rock made a quick reference to the
"I'm fine, and I have a whole show for you guys that night. I'm not going to talk about [the slap] until I get paid for it. My life is fine. I'm even hearing better," he joked as he entered the stage.
At previous performances on the tour, Rock had said that he was "still processing" what had happened. However, the comedian prevented members of his audience from calling out Will Smith in a chorus.
During the 2022 Academy Awards, Chris Rock improvised a joke about the appearance of Jada Pinkett Smith, actress and wife of Will Smith.
She lives with the autoimmune disease alopecia, which causes hair loss, and has chosen to shave her hair.
The comedian called her "G.I. Jane 2," in a reference to To the Limit of Honor, a 1997 film in which Demi Moore appears bald.
Smith then came up on stage and slapped the comedian in the face. When he returned to his seat, he yelled "take my wife's name out of your fucking mouth.
The day after the ceremony, the Academy said about the slap: "The Academy does not tolerate violence in any form. [...] We are pleased to
celebrate our 94th Academy Award winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their colleagues and movie lovers around the world," the statement said.
According to Variety, Smith's representatives spoke with him during the awards break. The Academy revealed that they asked the actor to withdraw from the ceremony, but he refused.