Several months have passed since Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in a controversial incident. The highly debatable incident had transpired at the 94th Academy Awards. The video clip of Hollywood star Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the gala show spread like a wildfire on social media and became viral. The long-tenured UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes that Chris Rock has rediscovered his best form following the infamous Will Smith incident at the 2022 Oscars.
Joe Rogan talks about Chris Rock
Chris Rock recently made his return in front of an audience soon after being slapped by Will Smith earlier this year. The comedian played a number of sold-out gigs and received a huge reception from fans. Rogan has also been to one of the Rock’s shows recently and he finds the comedian to be at his absolute best again.
Speaking on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the UFC commentator said:
“He’s really funny again right now. I saw him at the store before the whole Will Smith thing and he was working out his material, he was f***ing good man like classic Chris Rock s**t.”
“My friend Eddie Bravo saw him at the store and he texted me, he goes, ‘Brother, this guy is on fire right now. He’s so good right now,’ and then I was there like a week later and I got a chance to watch the set… It’s right back where he was at his best. When I saw him, he was killing, I mean killing.”
The Hollywood actor Will Smith was furious as he had stormed the Oscars stage. He smacked comedian Chris Rock across the face for joking about his wife, in a moment at Sunday’s gala that immediately went viral. The incident had stunned the viewers questioning if it had been scripted or genuine. However, it is still not clear.
Rock, presenting the best documentary prize with a short comedy routine, had cracked a joke comparing Jada Pinkett Smith’s tightly cropped hair to Demi Moore’s appearance in the film “G.I. Jane” and suggesting she appear in a sequel. In a moment that triggered awkward silence and confusion in the Dolby Theatre, Smith stepped up to Rock and slapped him.
He returned to his seat alongside Jada and shouting swearwords. For those unaware, Jada Pinkett Smith, who is also an actress, suffers from alopecia and publicly revealed her diagnosis in 2018. It was also noted by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, in attendance that a tearful Smith needed to be “pulled aside and comforted” by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry during a commercial break.
Will Smith continues to lay low following his 10-year ban from all Academy-related events and his voluntary resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while Chris Rock is working through the incident by focusing on his comedy tour.