“He’s bigger than me,” Rock said on a recent tour stop, “the state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.”
Chris Rock has been relatively quiet about the incident ever since Will Smith assaulted him at the 2022 Oscars while he was presenting an award by walking on stage and striking him in the face. Rock has been touring with his Ego Death World Tour and has made several jokes about The Slap while doing so.
However, Rock had a show on Sunday night in Phoenix, where the arid climate must have made him extra chatty. According to The Arizona Republic, Rock informed the crowd that he had been asked to host the Oscars in 2023 but had turned down the invitation. According to Rock, attending the Oscars again would be like going back to the scene of a crime. The comedian continued by saying that he even turned down an offer to appear in a Super Bowl commercial from a company that he didn’t name. Did the slap hurt, too? Rock made a joke about how it undoubtedly did. Rock declared, “He’s bigger than me.” “The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.”
Rock’s remarks come after Smith’s eerily bizarre video apology, which was the most recent stop on this never-ending news cycle. Smith posted on his YouTube channel in late July that he had reached out to Chris but had received the response that he wasn’t yet ready to talk and would get in touch later. Rock appeared to respond to Smith shortly after that: “If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims”.
We wager that we’ll hear from Smith sooner rather than later because Slap news frequently volleys back and forth between Rock and Smith. Will, it’s your turn!