Chris Rock has shed a smidge of light on how he feels about Will Smith slapping him at the Oscars — but says he won’t reveal more until he receives one thing … cold, hard cash.
The comedian told a live audience Friday that he would not be talking about the Oscars until he was compensated, presumably meaning somebody ponying up for his exclusive account … this according to a report from the Palm Springs Desert Sun, which detailed his set in Indio, CA and the material referenced as Chris continues his national comedy tour.
Chris Rock performed to a sold-out room in Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, where he received a standing ovation. https://t.co/638x4Ykhms
Here’s what Chris reportedly said in full … “I’m OK, I have a whole show, and I’m not talking about that until I get paid. Life is good. I got my hearing back.”
The strange thing … if Chris means he’s waiting on a network of some sort to pay him for a sit-down, ya gotta imagine he and his team have already been approached by every broadcast company in the game at this point. Maybe they just haven’t offered enough???
Of course, another, slightly more sinister way to interpret his remarks … perhaps he’s talking about a civil lawsuit against Will himself, where he could potentially get paid that way too.
Or, he might just be joshing altogether … it’s unclear how serious this comment is, but considering the context — Chris seems to be in good spirits and carrying on well. In any case, the Desert Sun has more deets about what’s in Chris’ set — and it’s interesting.
They say he took a lot of shots at celebs and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, the Kardashians, Meghan Markle and others. He also reportedly made fun of corporations and their diversity initiatives — while also invoking his family life, being single and cancel culture … as it relates to offending people these days. The DS says he got a standing O in the end.
It does seem Chris is opening up more and more as his tour rolls on — remember, in his initial shows out in the East Coast … all he said was he’s still processing the smack.
Now, it appears he’s finding some humor in the whole thing — that, or just masking how he really feels with his comedy chops. Time will tell if/when Chris speaks on this officially.
In the meantime … Hollywood is still very divided on Will’s punishment — aka, the 10-year ban, which only applies to his attendance and has nothing to do with eligibility for awards.