Rock is bringing his “Ego Death” World Tour 2022 to the AVA on July 1, which might be just enough for him to put “the slap heard ‘round the world” into its comic perspective.
ICYMI, Rock took one in the face when when he made a joke about actress Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2022 Oscars ceremony that her husband, Will Smith, did not take to kindly.
Smith, who laughed at first, marched up on stage and slapped Rock hard in the face before retreating back to his seat in the audience and angrily insisting — with a few choice curse words — that Rock not mention his wife.
Rock, who seemed pretty dumbstruck by the slap, reminded Smith and the audience that it was a joke. As the ceremony’s host, Rock’s job was to poke fun at the celebrities. That’s what comedians and awards hosts do, after all, but that slap was no joke.
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Smith later apologized when he was awarded the coveted best actor honor and continued apologizing in the days that followed. In the end, he resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and was banned from attending the Oscars ceremonies for 10 years.
In the weeks since the March 27 incident, Rock has slipped mentions of “the slap” into his live shows.
Tickets for the AVA show go on sale Wednesday, April 13.
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