‘I’m still processing what happened’

Actor Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 94th Oscars held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.

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Fans who hoped Chris Rock would speak at length about Will Smith punching him at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony may have been disappointed Wednesday night at his first show since the Boston incident.

In leaked audio from the sold-out show, Rock can be heard saying, “I don’t have much s— to say about that.”

He joked with audiences that he had written his last stand-up show long before the Oscars, saying, “I’m still a little bit processing what happened.”

According to an NBC News reporter who attended the show, Rock received multiple standing ovations. He started with the question, “So, how was your weekend?”, which elicited a laugh from the audience.

Rock went into his prepared material by saying “I’m just going to tell some jokes” and telling the audience that “at some point I’ll talk about those s—“

Ticket sales for Rock’s comedy tour have skyrocketed in price in the secondary markets since Sunday. StubHub, a ticket exchange and resale company, said it saw 25x daily sales for Rock’s shows in the days following the Oscar incident, more than the cumulative sales for the comedian’s tour for the entire month of March.

On Monday, Smith took to social media to formally apologize to Rock, calling his behavior “unacceptable and unforgivable.” He had previously apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees during his Best Actor acceptance speech on Sunday.

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