Chris Rock, at a new stand-up tour with Kevin Hart, made a not-so-veiled reference to Will Smith and his infamous slap at the 2022 Academy Awards Show.
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock said during a set at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, ET Online reported. The comment came as the comedian was joking about cancel culture.
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Rock, 57, echoed the line the following day during a performance at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, US Weekly reported.
Saturday’s show was opened by Dave Chappelle, who also addressed a recent controversy, as he referenced being tackled on stage during his Netflix Is a Joke tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
XXL Magazine reported Saturday’s show also featured Will Smith — not the actor, but a goat by the same name that Hart gifted to Rock.
“The name is Will Smith,” Hart shared, passing the goat’s leash to Rock. “What?” the comedian responded, as the crowd laughed.
After the show, Hart took to Twitter to share that the show was “by far the best moment” of his career.