Chris Rock says he’s ‘still processing’ after Will Smith Oscars hit as Wanda Sykes reveals Rock apologized to hosts



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Chris Rock has made his first public reference to the incident during the Oscars, where he was punched onstage by Will Smith, while Oscars host Wanda Sykes has revealed that Rock approached her at an after-party to apologize.

Smith walked onstage and punched Rock after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith won the Best Actor award minutes later.

While performing a comedy set in Boston, Rock came on stage and immediately joked about the incident, asking the audience, “How was your weekend?”

He then told the audience that he didn’t have much to say about the hit yet, “so if you hear that, I’ve got a whole show I’ve written for this weekend.”

“I’m still processing what happened… at some point I’m going to talk about that shit. It’s going to be serious and funny.”

Rock apologized to hosts at Oscar’s after party

In an earlier interview on the talk show Ellen DeGeneres, Sykes, who co-hosted with Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, said she spoke to Rock after the show.

“As soon as I walked up to him, the first thing he said was, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I’m like, ‘Why are you apologizing?’ she said.

Rock then said to her, “It should have been your night – you, Amy and Regina. You did such an amazing job.

“I’m so sorry this is about this now.”

Rock has yet to speak publicly since he left the Oscar stage.

Sykes ‘a little traumatized’

Sykes said the incident was “sickening” and she was feeling physically ill at the time.

“I’m still a little traumatized,” Sykes said.

She also said she felt that Smith should have been escorted out and that he should not have received his award.

“For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and take his award, I thought how gross is this? This is just the wrong message,” she said.

The Academy has since said that Smith refused to leave the event after asking him to.

It’s not clear if Sykes knew the Academy had asked Smith to leave.

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‘It was all so disturbing’

Schumer said she was “still triggered and traumatized,” in a now-deleted Instagram post.

“So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad,” she added.

“Waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we’ve all seen.

“I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro. He stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend @questlove and it was all so disturbing.”

Returning to the stage after the incident, Schumer jokingly asked the audience, “Did I miss something?”

Smith apologized to Rock and others in a statement Tuesday, saying he “reacted emotionally” to Rock’s joke about his wife.

The Academy condemned Smith’s behavior and questioned whether action would be taken against him.

If they conclude that Smith has violated his policy of conduct, it could remove him from the organization, revoke his Oscar, or make him ineligible for future awards.

In other recent cases, such as that of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, the academy has revoked its membership but has not declined Oscars.

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