Chris Rock jokes he 'got my hearing back' after Will Smith slap

Chris Rock jokes onstage he ‘got my hearing back’ after getting slapped by Will Smith at Oscars… but says: ‘I’m not talking about that until I get paid’

Chris Rock quipped onstage Friday night that he ‘got my hearing back’ after Will Smith slapped him onstage at the Oscars over a joke.

‘Life is good,’ he told the audience at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in California’s Coachella Valley, according to the local newspaper the Desert Sun. 

However he refused to address the incident further, saying: ‘I’m OK, I have a whole show and I’m not talking about that until I get paid.’

Performing: Chris Rock quipped onstage Friday night that he ‘got my hearing back’ after Will Smith slapped him onstage; he is pictured performing in Florida in 2017

Chris’ remarks came hours after the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences banned Will from attending the Oscars for 10 years on account of the slap.

Will was however permitted to keep his best actor prize for King Richard, which he won less than an hour after striking Chris.

During the Oscars on March 27, Will marched onstage and slapped Chris for making a bald joke about Jada, who shaved her head because she has alopecia.

‘Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,’ Chris cracked, in reference to the 1997 movie starring Demi Moore with a shaved head.

The moment: Chris’ remarks came hours after the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences banned Will from attending the Oscars for 10 years on account of the slap

Will was seen initially laughing at the joke, but Jada rolled her eyes and then he took to the stage to give Chris a smack across the face.

Then Will flounced back to his seat and repeatedly screamed at Chris: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!’ 

Less than an hour after his outburst, Will was awarded the best actor Oscar and received a standing ovation for his tearful speech in which he called himself a protector of his family and expressed a desire to be a ‘vessel of love.’ 

Although he apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees during his speech, he did not issue a public apology to Chris until the following day. 

As seen on the red carpet: During this year’s Oscars, Will marched onstage and slapped Chris Rock for making a bald joke about Jada, who shaved her head because she has alopecia 

Last week, before the Academy could decide what punishment it should impose for the incident, Will resigned from the organization.

Although his departure meant he could no longer vote for the Oscars, he at that point was still able to attend the show. 

Now that a 10-year ban has been imposed by the board of governors, several Academy members who are not on the board have shared their strikingly polarized reactions with The Hollywood Reporter.

‘As a believer in second chances, I want to see Mr. Smith host next year’s telecast,’ said Rain Man co-writer Barry Morrow. ‘Punishment should fit the crime.’

‘Jada, I love you’: ‘GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,’ Chris cracked, in reference to the 1997 movie starring Demi Moore with a shaved head

Publicist Beverly Walker also called the ban ‘too much,’ decrying ‘the Academy’s longstanding habit of hiring comedian/hosts to march out and insult or make fun of the very people being celebrated.’

She argued: ‘Given the expressions on some faces, there have undoubtedly been some who would’ve liked to make some sort of protest. What Rock said was egregious and he had to know it would not be appreciated. This should’ve been taken into consideration in meting out punishment to Smith.’

Stephen Potter of the sound branch maintained that the punishment was ‘harsher than I imagined it would be’ and felt ‘it’s possible this incident will mostly be forgotten before this term concludes.’

On the other side of the aisle was singer Carol Connors who felt the 10-year ban was ‘appropriate’ and said: ‘What if Chris would have fallen down and hit his head? The one guy is what, 140 pounds soaking wet, and the other guy played Muhammad Ali.’

‘Vessel of love’: Less than an hour after his outburst, Will was awarded the best actor Oscar and received a standing ovation for his tearful speech 

The Simpson actor Harry Shearer joked: ‘If Will Smith, or any other A-list actor, had run onstage and simply pulled down his pants and defecated, I seriously doubt he’d/she’d be back on that stage in 10 years, or ever. (Maybe, after a wrongheaded war, if the stage were radioactive.)’

He added: ‘A decade-long ban seems oddly parental, as in, he’ll have outgrown his slappin’ phase by then.’ 

Rabbi Marvin Hier, who runs the Museum Of Tolerance in Los Angeles and credited Will for having ‘done many good things’ for the institution, still said that ‘the Academy did the right thing’ by barring him from the show for 10 years.

Still others felt the Academy did not go far enough, echoing the ongoing controversy over the fact Will was not ejected from the ceremony after the slap.

Trophy in hand: The Academy’s new decision has allowed Will to keep his best actor prize for King Richard, in which he played Venus and Serena Williams’ father

‘The board of governors should have reviewed why [Academy president] David Rubin and/or [CEO] Dawn Hudson failed to have Will Smith immediately removed from the theater after he physically attacked one of the hosts,’ said Mitchell Block.

Mitchell, an Oscar-winning documentarian, added: ‘Their poor judgement demonstrated an inability to lead and be proactive under pressure and respond to this behavior. I am deeply disappointed that the governors did not censure them.’

‘He should have been banned for life from re-applying or qualifying for a nomination for his arrogance and lack of sincerity in his apology,’ said publicist Stu Zakim. ‘It showed a lot of remorse when he was dancing to his songs at the Vanity Fair party!’

Producer Lawrence David Foldes argued: ‘At the very minimum, Smith should have also been permanently barred from future membership.’

Acceptance: In response to the 10-year ban, Will released a statement to Deadline saying: ‘I accept and respect the Academy’s decision’

‘The Academy dropped the ball by not taking action when it happened. This after-the-fact punishment is like the old saying: “Closing the barn door…,”‘ executive Larry Gleason said. ‘Too late and too little.’

Steven Scott expressed his disappointment ‘that Chris Rock and The Academy decided not to press charges for Will’s attack…. What message are we sending – that when we’re assaulted, it’s best to just keep our “composure” and not complain?’

Others however praised Chris for his calm, such as Beauty And The Beast producer Don Hahn, who quipped that ‘we owe Chris Rock an honorary statue and some ibuprofen for holding it all together with humility.’

Word’s out: Now that a 10-year ban has been imposed by the board of governors, several Academy members who are not on the board have shared their strikingly polarized reactions

Upon arriving at their decision to ban Will for 10 years, the Academy released a statement denouncing his ‘unacceptable’ and ‘harmful behavior,’ which they said ‘overshadowed’ the rest of the award show.

‘During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short ‘ unprepared for the unprecedented,’ the statement continued.

In response to the 10-year ban, Will released a statement to Deadline saying: ‘I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.’ 

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