Last Friday (8), Chris Rock refused to talk about the slap he got from Will Smith on stage at the 2022

Academy Awards ceremony and said he would not comment on the case until he was paid.

"I'm fine, I have a whole show and I'm not going to talk about it until I get paid. Life is good.

I got my hearing back," the comedian and entertainer said during one of his shows in California, USA.

After being banned from the Oscars for a period of 10 years, actor Will Smith has spoken out for

the first time about the punishment for the slap he gave Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscar ceremony.

In a statement, the actor said only, "I accept and respect the Academy's decision. "All of this is in response to 

the incident that occurred during the Academy Awards 2022 ceremony. While presenting the winner of

the Best Documentary category, comedian Chris Rock made a joke about the baldness of Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith's wife who over alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss.

Then Will Smith got up from his seat in the audience, went on stage, and slapped Rock across the face.

The actor had already spoken out after the incident, including that same night in his acceptance speech for the Best Actor award, the first Oscar of his career.