Chris Rock stayed tight-lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since Sunday night’s Oscars, where he was slapped by Will Smith during the live awards ceremony after making a joke about the actor’s wife.
The comedian, 57, kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 pm on Tuesday ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer any questions about Sunday’s incident.
Smith has publicly apologized to Rock for slapping him in what is being called one of the most shocking moments in awards show history. Rock declined to press charges, but has remained silent and out of public view.
The comedian is scheduled to perform a sold-out show tonight, making it his first appearance since Sunday.
Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after the incident.
On Stubhub, tickets are listed between $125 and $399. On Vividseats, they’re listed between $244 and $1,150. And on TickPick, tickets are listed between $307 and $1,463.
After arriving in Boston Tuesday, Rock was seen later that night leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and immediately got into his waiting vehicle. He was thought to be headed to Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday.
Chris Rock stayed tight lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since he was slapped by actor Will Smith on stage at the Oscars Sunday night when he made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada
The comedian kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 pm Tuesday and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer questions about Sunday’s incident
Rock is scheduled to perform tonight at his sold-out show where tickets have soared into the thousands
Rock, 57, declined LAPD’s offer to file a police report against Smith after being slapped in the face at Oscars
Smith shocked the crowd and viewers at home Sunday when he took the stage during Rock’s remarks after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife. Rock said, ‘Jada, I love you. `GI Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.’
The joke touched a nerve. Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved, has spoken publicly about her alopecia diagnosis.
Smith strode on stage and slapped Rock across the face. Back in his seat, Smith twice shouted for Rock to ‘get my wife’s name out your (expletive) mouth.’
His words echoed clearly throughout the Dolby, though broadcaster ABC cut the audio for about 15 seconds. Within 45 minutes, Smith won best actor. During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the academy.
Smith on Monday also issued an apology to Rock, saying his behavior was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ and left him ’embarrassed’.
‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.’
Rock, who had not been seen until today, had told the Los Angeles Police Department that he does not want to press charges. A source told TMZ on Monday that after the slapping incident, he went backstage to his dressing room and has not spoken to Smith.
Rock was later seen leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and got into his waiting vehicle
Rock was thought to be headed to Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday
Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after the incident
The slap will go down as one of the most shocking moments in awards history, and has already been viewed tens of millions of times.
Smith, 53, could still face a misdemeanor charge for battery should Rock have a change of heart.
As for his fate with the Academy, it could be decided tonight at a meeting held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors – where his onstage assault of Chris Rock at Sunday’s Oscars is expected to be the main topic.
Disciplinary action could include anything from forcing him to hand back his Oscar to the most severe punishment – suspension from the Academy – which would put Smith among the ranks of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, who were both expelled for sexual misconduct.
A post-Oscars board meeting is always held to discuss the ceremony and address any concerns, but does not usually happen this soon, the Hollywood Reporter learned.
The decision to hold the meeting was made after the Academy met for an emergency call Monday night about the incident and released a statement announcing a launch of a formal review.
‘The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.’
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. On Monday, Smith apologized
Pictured: Chris Rock holds a hand to his face after he was slapped by Will Smith while presenting an award at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony in Hollywood