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Chris Rock was spotted on Tuesday for the first time since Sunday night when Will Smith “slapped him” at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Rock was photographed in Boston around 6 p.m. just days after Smith slapped him for a prank at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith. The comedian is staying at a Boston-area hotel as he prepares to perform at the Wilbur on Wednesday night.
The Wilbur did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Rock’s comedy show is highly anticipated after the slap. Tickets for the event would cost more than $800 on Wednesday morning.
Rock has not spoken publicly about the slapping incident.
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However, Smith apologized to Rock via Instagram.
“My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
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“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all of the contestants and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my ‘King family Richard’. I deeply regret that my behavior has tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us.”
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The Academy has condemned Smith’s actions and launched a full review into the incident despite allowing the actor to accept the Oscar he was presented with on Sunday night – less than an hour after he slapped Rock on stage.
“The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions on last night’s broadcast,” read the Academy’s statement. “We have officially initiated a formal review around the incident and will explore further actions and consequences in accordance with our statutes, standards of conduct and California law.”