Chris Rock Says He Won’t Talk About Will Smith Slap ‘Until I Get Paid’

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Chris Rock says he’s keeping quiet about Will Smith slapping him at the 94th Academy Awards until he makes up for his troubles.

During a comedy show Friday in Indio, California, ahead of his “Ego Death World Tour,” Rock addressed those in the crowd eager to hear more about the attack.

“I’m fine, I’ve got a whole show and I won’t talk about that until I get paid,” Rock said, according to The Desert Sun newspaper. “Life is good. I have my hearing back.”

Smith’s Assault of Rock, which was shown live on television, became the most talked-about Oscar moment in years. Rock has so far declined to discuss the incident in depth, saying he’s still working on what happened and suggesting he could cover it in a future comedy routine.

“I have nothing to say about that,” Rock reportedly told attendees at a show in Boston in late March, days after the incident.

“I had written an entire show earlier this weekend,” he said during the Boston show. “I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that shit. It will be serious. It will be funny, but now I’m going to tell some jokes.”

At the Oscars, Smith stormed onto the stage and slammed Rock after the comedian joked that his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, could star in “GI Jane 2,” a reference to her shaved head.

Pinkett-Smith has an autoimmune disease known as alopecia, which results in hair loss. She has spoken of her struggles with the condition on social media and on her “Red Table Talk” show.

Since the incident, Smith will not be allowed to participate in the Oscars for the next 10 years. He has also resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A number of comedians, including Jim Carrey and Oscars co-host Amy Schumer, have denounced Smith’s actions.

Smith has apologized to Rock and the Academy

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