Rock was referring to the video Smith released back in late July to apologize for slapping Rock during the March Academy Awards telecast. The comedian had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith‘s hair, reportedly unaware she has alopecia. As a response, Smith, 53, who would later accept the Oscar for Best Actor that night, cursed at Rock before storming the stage and smacking him.
Rock continued a bit that he’s performed throughout his tour, saying “Yes that s*** hurt. He played Ali,” referring to Smith’s role as the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in 2001 film Ali. “I can’t even play Floyd Mayweather.”
Joking that Rock had “upstaged” him that night by making a joke about Smith, Chappelle also addressed the Oscar skirmish during his turn at the mic. He told the London audience that if the actor had slapped him onstage during the awards show, he would not have “enjoyed the rest of his night.”
Chappelle added that since his own personal experience with attacked on-stage, he never knows if a crowd is hostile.
“That was some scary s***,” he said of the incident at his May show.
Just last week during a performance of his stand-up show in Phoenix, Ariz., Rock claimed he was asked to host next year’s Oscars but refused the invitation.
According toThe Arizona Republic, “Rock compared returning to the Oscars like returning to the scene of a crime, referencing the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, whose ex-wife’s killing began with her leaving a pair of eyeglasses at an Italian restaurant. Rock said returning to the award ceremony would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson ‘to go back to the restaurant.'”
In the apology video, the King Richard star said he had tried to connect with Rock in the months following the incident, but hadn’t had any success in speaking to the comic directly.
“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is 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,” Smith shared. “My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!