Chris Rock is still not saying how he feels about getting slapped by Will Smith, but he is still making passing jokes about the incident.
The comedian was on stage in Atlanta on Friday night as part of his “Chris Rock Ego Death World Tour,” hours after Smith posted a nearly six-minute video saying he’s “deeply remorseful” for slapping Rock during the Academy Awards in March.
Rock has made subtle nods to the slap in comedy shows in the months since, but he has not publicly addressed it at length. He took the same approach during his performance on Friday.
“Everybody is trying to be a f—ing victim. If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims,” Rock said. “Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.”
He later quipped, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.”
Smith charged the stage and hit Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle, who suffers from alopecia.
“Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work…,” the statement reads. “You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.”
Smith can then be heard sighing, he enters the screen and addresses to camera why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscars acceptance speech following his win for best actor for his role in “King Richard.”
He explains why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his Oscar win acceptance speech for best actor in “King Richard.”
“I was fogged out by that point,” Smith says. “It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you are ready to talk.”
Smith says he’s tried to contact Rock, but he indicated he’s not ready to talk and will reach out when he is.
“So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you are ready to talk.”
Smith also apologizes to Rock’s mother, family and his brother, Tony Rock, who had starred in the 2007 sitcom “All of Us,” which was created by Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“We had a great relationship,” Smith says. “Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.”
Smith also apologizes to his wife, their children, and his fellow Academy Award nominees.
“Disappointing people is my central trauma,” he says.” I hate when I let people down so it hurts.”
Smith directs a message to his supporters, saying he’s committed “to putting light and love and joy into the world.”
“If you hang on I promise we’ll be able to be friends again,” he concludes.
The Academy has sanctioned Smith by banning him from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years.
CNN’s Lisa France and Chloe Melas contributed to this show