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Chris Rock laughs off Will Smith slap during comedy show

Chris Rock stands backstage at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 27, 2022. Picture: Al Seib/A.M.P.A.S./Handout via Reuters

Chris Rock stands backstage at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 27, 2022. Picture: Al Seib/A.M.P.A.S./Handout via Reuters

Published Apr 11, 2022

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Chris Rock quipped that he has "got his hearing back" since being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars during a recent comedy gig.

The 57-year-old comedian was struck by the 'King Richard' actor at the awards ceremony last month after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaven head.

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Will has been banned by the Academy for 10 years as a result of the shocking incident but Chris poked fun at the situation during a recent performance in California.

According to the Desert Sun newspaper, the “Everybody Hates Chris” star said: "I'm OK, I have a whole show and I'm not talking about that until I get paid.

"Life is good. I got my hearing back."

It was announced on Friday that Will has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next decade as a result of the slap, although he was allowed to keep his Best Actor gong for his performance in “King Richard”.

In a statement released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said: "This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behaviour is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy.

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“We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted."

Will had already resigned from the Academy and apologised to Chris following a backlash after the incident and confirmed that he will "accept and respect" the decision to ban him from the Oscars.

The 53-year-old actor told Page Six: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

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