Chris Rock Finally Responds To Will Smith Oscars Slap In Scathing Netflix Special

Almost a year after the Oscars incident, comedian Chris Rock has finally addressed Will Smith's infamous slap.

Rock has turned the Oscars incident into comedy for his upcoming Netflix special, Selective Outrage, which is set to release on March 4.

You can view the trailer here:

During a warm-up workshop in South Charleston, the star shared: "The thing people want to know: did it hurt? Hell yeah, it hurt."

However, the Madagascar star couldn't resist making a joke, referencing Smith's portrayal of Muhammad Ali in a biopic and quipping: "He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie!"

He also mentioned his own role in Madagascar and Smith's role in Shark Tale, stating: "Even in animated movies, I'm a zebra, he's a f**king shark."

Furthermore, Rock made a joke about Smith's music, remarking: "I got hit so hard I heard 'Summertime' ringing in my ears."

Rock's latest comedy special comes nearly a year after Smith's unexpected slap during the 2022 Oscars, where Rock served as the host.

During the 2022 ceremony, Rock made a quip about Jada Pinkett-Smith's shaved head, directed toward Will Smith's wife.

Rock said: "Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it!"

Will Smith came to his wife's defense as Pinkett-Smith has been diagnosed with alopecia, which causes hair loss.

Smith approached the stage and struck Rock twice before returning to his seat and shouting in response: "Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth!"

Later during the ceremony, Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his lead role in King Richard and apologized to the Academy and other nominees, but made no mention of Rock.

After the incident, Will Smith apologized and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to avoid a potential 10-year ban from the Oscars.

After the Oscars, Smith said: "I made a choice on my own from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. I want to say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I've brought on all of us."

"I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that 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. My behavior was unacceptable, and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."

The live Netflix special Selective Outrage by Chris Rock will be available on March 4.