Chris Rock’s mother is lastly addressing Will Smith’s notorious slap on the 2022 Oscars.
“When Will slapped Chris, he slapped all of us,” Rosalie “Rose” Rock instructed South Carolina information station WIS-TV on Friday, marking her first interview for the reason that incident on March 27.
“But he really slapped me. Because when you hurt my child, you hurt me.”
The South Carolina native, 77, admitted that like many viewers at residence, she initially thought the televised slap was staged.
She mentioned it wasn’t till Smith, 53, “started using obscenities” directed at Chris, 57, that she realized the bit wasn’t pretend.
Rose was additionally requested within the interview what she’d prefer to say to Smith right this moment if the 2 have been in a position to have a dialog.
“I have no idea what I would say other than, ‘What in the world were you thinking? Because you did a slap, but so many things could have happened from that,’” she defined. “Chris could have stepped back and fallen, and you really could have gotten taken out in handcuffs. So, you didn’t think.”
Further recalling the incident, Rose claimed Smith made spouse Jada Pinkett Smith’s day.
“Because she was mulled over laughing when it happened,” Rose mentioned, referencing her son’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
“No one heard his speech. No one was able to just be in the moment because everyone was sitting there, like, ‘What just happened?’”
Rose instructed the outlet that Chris is “doing well” now however “still processing” the whole lot that occurred.
As Page Six beforehand reported, Smith stormed the stage and attacked Chris after the comic quipped, “Jada, I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.”
The “Red Table Talk” host, 50 – who has been vocal about her struggles with alopecia – rolled her eyes earlier than her husband approached the stage and repeatedly shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
Chris responded on the time by saying, “Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s–t out of me” earlier than defending what was “just a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.”
He added, “That was the greatest night in the history of television.”
Chris has since joked that he received’t be addressing the slap heard all over the world till he sees some cash.
“I’m OK. I have a whole show, and I’m not talking about that until I get paid,” he mentioned throughout a comedy set at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., final week, in keeping with the Desert Sun. “Life is good. I got my hearing back.”
Although Chris declined to press prices towards Smith, the “King Richard” actor has since resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has been banned from attending its occasions, together with the Oscars, for the following 10 years.